Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A push to recognize a Baltimore great with a statue in his likeness. Friday– on his birthday– friends of Lenny Moore, talk about memorializing the former Baltimore Colt.
Jessica Kartalija has the story.
At the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, a team of admirers gather on Lenny Moore’s 78th birthday to talk about commissioning a bronze statue of the NFL Hall of Famer.
“I know of no athlete, no musician that has given as much to the community as this individual has,” one member of the panel said.
“People need to know Lenny, who he is–everybody know what he’s done, but I think once people know who he is, he is going to get this due recognition,” another Lenny Moore admirer said.
The seven-time pro bowl halfback played college football for Penn State before coming to Baltimore a 24-inch clay machete shows Moore with a football clutched in his right hand as he’s running down the field.
But friends say he is also a hero off the field.
“This is such a deserved award– I call it ‘award for Lenny because he’s done so much to struggle for young people.”
Friends of Lenny Moore hope to have the statue erected in the plaza outside M and T Bank Stadium near the statue of Johnny Unitas that has been there for more than a decade.
Other Baltimore sports legends honored in bronze include Babe Ruth and Brooks Robinson.