Reporting Gigi Barnett
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Bronze batter. He was larger than life on the field, now, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray will stay that way in bronze. He is the next former Oriole in a long line of players honored in a new tribute.
Gigi Barnett has the story.
This is how Orioles fans remember Hall of Famer Eddie Murray at bat– knocking it out of the park.
Now, his image will forever remain alive in bronze as the Orioles unveiled a larger-than-life statue of first baseman.
Murray is one of six Hall of Famers honored by the Orioles with a statue this summer.
“The first thing i would like to say is, ‘Wow!’” Murray said.
The Orioles commissioned a sculptor to create the bronze statue. It took a year to complete the job.
Murray says he helped the artist form his image.
“I says, ‘Take off those batting gloves.’ I said, ‘I wore them some times but I didn’t wear them the majority of the time,” he said. “Could have made the Afro a little bigger.”
Saturday’s unveiling gave fans a chance to see the real Murray. And after the ceremony, the Hall of Famer talked about his time on the team and the larger-than-life bronze that now stands in the garden of greats at Camden Yards.
“You look at it and, you know, a little speechless in seeing it sitting out there with the rest of them and knowing that that’s where it’s going to stay,” he said.
Murray’s statue is the fourth of six to be unveiled this summer. Cal Ripken’s and Brooks Robinson’s statues will both go up next month.