April 5, 2008 - Atlantic League (AtL) - York Revolution
YORK, PA - The York Revolution, an independent professional baseball team based in York, Pennsylvania, today unveiled a life-size bronze statue of National Baseball Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson. Unveiled at the Revolution\'s Fan Fest, the statue is the first-ever constructed of the baseball legend and to be on display at a baseball stadium. The statue is located in "Brooks Robinson Plaza", which serves as the main entrance to Sovereign Bank Stadium. Robinson made his professional baseball career debut in York, playing for the White Roses in 1955.
The statue was created by artist Lorann Jacobs of the Cherry Lane Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallastown, Pennsylvania. The three character statue took roughly a year to produce and features Robinson signing autographs for two youthful baseball fans, one boy and one girl. Jacobs\' inspiration for the piece was the Norman Rockwell painting of Brooks Robinson titled, "Gee Thanks, Brooks." The ceremony included the statue dedication and a proclamation of "Brooks Robinson Way" by President of the York City Council, Joseph R. Musso.
"I am so honored that the Revolution and Lorann are paying tribute to me in this way," said Brooks Robinson. "The artwork of the statue is beautiful, and having it on display in York, Pennsylvania where my professional baseball career began means very much to me and my family."
Brooks Robinson, a 1983 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, played 22 years with the Baltimore Orioles after playing for the York White Roses. Nicknamed, "The Human Vacuum Cleaner", Robinson is considered as one of the greatest third baseman of all-time being named American League All-Star 15 consecutive times and winning 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career.