Carl Yastrzemski -- his image so ingrained in the memory of anyone who followed the Red Sox through the 1960s, 70s or 80s -- will be honored with a statue outside Gate B at Fenway Park, the Red Sox announced Wednesday.
The statue will the moment on Sunday, October 2, 1983, when Yaz tipped his helmet to fans at Fenway before the final at-bat of his 23-year career. The Hall of Famer retired that day with 3,308 games under his belt, the most that any player had ever played to that point in MLB history.
The statue will be placed between the Ted Williams statue and “The Teammates” statue with Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and Williams. Toby Mendez, the creator of “The Teammates” statue, is the sculptor.
“This is quite an honor,” said 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 dedicated on Sunday, September 22, before the 1:35 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yastrzemski is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
Yastrzemski, 74, hit 452 career home runs, scored 1,816 runs, drove in 1,844 runs, hit 646, had a .379 on-base percentage, won seven Rawlings Gold Gloves, was an 18-time All-Star, and had one unforgettable Triple Crown season leading the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox to the American League Championship in 1967.