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Carl Yastrzemski memorial

Artist:

Antonio Tobias Mendez

Location:

intersection of Ipswich st. and Van Ness St.  

Location

intersection of Ipswich st. and Van Ness St.
United States
42° 20' 46.59" N, 71° 5' 43.6992" W

Neighborhood:

Fenway

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2013

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Boston Red Sox

Description:

Carl Yaz Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year baseball career with the Boston Red Sox (1961–1983). He was inducted as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1989. An illustrious career with many laurels, Carl was selected for 17 All Star Games, won 7 Gold Gloves, achieved 3,419 Hits and 452 Home Runs and  won the Triple Crown in 1967. For reasons beyond these numbers, however, Yaz became an everlasting icon. He was instrumental in saving the franchise in 1967, following a decade-and-a-half malaise for the franchise amid increasing apathy and thousands of empty seats. Spirit was renewed in that the summer of the "impossible dream" where he lead his team to the American League pennant in 1967. His famous #8 has been retired by the Boston Red Sox and sits on top of Fenway Park.

The pose captured in the sculpture, depicts Yaz's acknowledgment of the Fenway Park crowd during his final at-bat, a moment of mutual gratitude and affection. With his loyalty, commitment, and a blue-collar style, winning was his goal. Carl followed in the footsteps of the legendary Ted Williams in his position in left field, as well as the position of his statue on Ipswich street. 

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