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Red Sox to honor Yaz with statue

9/11/2013
Yaz's gesture before the final at bat of his career will be immortalized. AP Photo/Paul R. Benoit

The Boston Red Sox will honor Carl Yastrzemski with a statue of the Hall of Fame outfielder at Fenway Park, the team announced Wednesday.

The statue will be unveiled at Fenway on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. in a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays. It captures the moment (pictured above) on Oct. 2, 1983 when Yaz tipped his helmet to the Fenway crowd before the final at-bat of his career.

“This is quite an honor,” said the 74-year-old Yastrzemski. “To have a bronze statue at Fenway Park is something I never could have imagined, and I am very grateful to the Red Sox for this kind gesture.”

The statue will be located outside the park’s Gate B entrance and will be placed in between a statue of Ted Williams and one of “The Teammates,” which depicts Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and Williams. Toby Mendez, who also created “The Teammates” statue, is the sculptor for Yaz’s statue.

Yaz spent all 23 years of his major league career with the Red Sox and retired having played the most games (3,308) of any player in major league history to that point. He was an 18-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner and won the Triple Crown in 1967 in leading the Impossible Dream Red Sox to the World Series.