Getting bronzed: Honoring Boston sports legends
|05.10.10 at 12:07 pm ET|
Most young hockey players in New England have tried to emulate Bobby Orr’s diving goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup finals at some point in their lives. Now that moment has been captured in a life-sized bronze statue.
The Bruins will show off their new monument of Orr on Monday before the Bruins and Flyers meet in Game 5 at TD Garden. Sculptor Harry Weber built this 600-pound statue, and one would expect to see a little more energy Monday night as fans enter into the building for the potential elimination game.
Orr is just another legend to leave his mark on the city of Boston. Having a statue probably is the most impressive legacy for a sports figure, especially in this city.
Here are some other legends that have their moments bronzed in time.
Take a walk through Faneuil Hall and you might see an old man sitting on a bench. Get a little bit closer to that man and you will notice that it is Red Auerbach enjoying a victory cigar. Auerbach was the mastermind behind 16 of the Celtics’ championships — and he was there in spirit for No. 17 in 2008.
The statue was unveiled in 1985. Auerbach would get to sit next to his bronzed self for 21 more years, before he passed away in 2006.
Auerbach goes down as the greatest coach/executive to ever work for a Boston sports team. His Celtics completely dominated the 1960s, winning nine of the 10 titles in that decade.
It was only natural to have the greatest left-handed hitter in the history of baseball bronzed outside of Fenway Park on April 16, 2004. Also fitting was the fact that the Red Sox won the World Series that year, with Williams hanging out at the park daily.
The statue shows Williams placing a cap onto a child’s head, signifying Williams’ work with the Jimmy Fund. The Red Sox legend was a major contributor to the Jimmy Fund during his playing days.
This statue will be moved further down Van Ness Street to make way for a new statue commemorating Williams and 1940s teammates Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. The date has not been set on when this will happen.
This statue, of Flutie throwing the Hail Mary pass to beat Miami in 1985, was a no-brainer for BC. The greatest moment in BC athletics was bronzed on Nov. 7, 2008. It would have been great if they had a statue of Gerard Phelan roughly 60 or 70 yards away from Flutie’s statue making the catch.
That pass probably is the most famous Hail Mary in the history of college football, not just BC football. Miami fans will never forget it, and neither will any fan of BC or Flutie.
There really is only one standout candidate for bronzing, and his name is Tom Brady. One would think that five or 10 years after his retirement, induction into the Hall of Fame and two millionth mention in the Inside Track, we will see a statue of Brady outside of Gillette Stadium.
This has to happen, and it probably will happen. The only other athlete in the last 10 years that could have had a shot was Nomar Garciaparra. But we know how that all ended.
Brady’s three (and maybe counting) Super Bowls put New England on the map in the NFL.
He is every bit as legendary as the men mentioned before him, and his legacy is not yet complete. Check back in 20 years for the statue unveiling.
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