Henry Rosenberg came up with a great idea. He decided to celebrate a sports legend with a statue that sparks memories of that legend’s glory days.

On Saturday, outside of Camden Yards, a nine foot statue of former Baltimore Oriole Brooks Robinson will be unveiled. The statue depicts Robinson preparing to throw a runner out at first base.

Rosenberg’s efforts may cause O’s fans to wonder whether or not the club actually has plans to honor players such as Brooks and others who’ve given this city so many great memories. There are the numbers of the Hall of Fame players and manager outside of the stadium, but with the 20th year anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards being on the horizon, you would think the club would do all that it could to use 2012 to not only celebrate that, but also tie in a celebration of the franchise’s storied past.

Let’s face it, with 14 consecutive losing seasons, many fans use anything they can to pile on the franchise. They are easy targets. The fact that Henry Rosenberg is the mastermind behind an effort to honor one of the Oriole greats and not the O’s themselves give those fans yet another chance to pile on.

Well, I spoke with someone from the Orioles who informed me that the organization was behind Mr. Rosenberg’s project and plan to have a presence at the unveiling. In addition, they are planning a similar project that the club has held off on announcing out of respect for Brooks and Rosenberg.

Oriole fans can expect an announcement by the club before the end of the year. But for now, let’s celebrate the career of the greatest third-baseman of all-time and applaud Henry Rosenberg for what he’s done.

Rob Long


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