Which Baltimore sports icon deserves a statue next?

October 21, 2011|By Matt Vensel

On Saturday, the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will donate a nine-foot bronze statue of Hall-of-Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson to the city. The statue, which depicts Robinson throwing to first base, will defend the hot corner across the street from Camden Yards.

Robinson, who played 23 seasons for the O’s, will join Colts legend Johnny Unitas and baseball demigod Babe Ruth as the only athletes to be immortalized via statue outside of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.

"We don't have many sports statues, do we?" Ruth Foundation executive director Mike Gibbons said in August. "But it's hard to argue that the pedigree of the three guys we have doesn't match that of other cities."

So which Baltimore sports icon should get a statue next?

Cal Ripken Jr., baseball’s Ironman, is an obvious choice to get a bronze bust eventually. What about guys like Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray? Should they get statues, too, or should the sculptor be more selective?

And what about the Ravens? I think the team should build a statue of Ray Lewis now and plant in front of the entrance to the visitor’s locker room, just to let the other team know what they are getting into.

I guess the Orioles could do that, too, with Cesar Izturis, but I don’t think it would have the same effect.

Back to the Ravens, you have to think Art Modell will get consideration for a statue. Maybe Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed or O.J. Brigance will, too. And a statue of a kicker -- Matt Stover pointing to the sky -- would be unique.

Your turn: Which Baltimore sports personality should be the next to be honored with a statue?

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