Sox to unveil Carl Yastrzemski statue

Updated: September 11, 2013, 12:20 PM ET
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The Boston Red Sox will honor Carl Yastrzemski with a statue of the Hall of Fame outfielder at Fenway Park, the team announced Wednesday.

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AP Photo/Paul R. BenoitCarl Yastrzemski salutes the Fenway Park crowd before his final at-bat. A statue of the Hall of Fame outfielder, which will be unveiled Sept. 22, will capture this moment.

The statue will be unveiled at Fenway during a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays. It captures the moment on Oct. 2, 1983, when Yastrzemski tipped his helmet to the Fenway crowd before his final career at-bat.

"This is quite an honor," the 74-year-old Yastrzemski said. "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 between statues of Ted Williams and of "The Teammates," which depicts Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Williams.

Toby Mendez, who created The Teammates statue, is the sculptor for Yastrzemski's statue.

Yastrzemski 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, when he helped lead the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox to the World Series.

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