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Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010

Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski is known for many things, including his humility, class, distaste for public speaking and, of course, hitting the home run that won the World Series for the Pirates in 1960.

All those were on display Friday when the Pirates unveiled a model of the statue in Mazeroski's likeness to be erected outside PNC Park this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that championship.

"It's amazing," Mazeroski said. "You don't ever expect to have a statue put up of you in a ballpark. Gee, I mean, that's something special. I don't know if I deserve it or not, but I'm going to be very happy with it."

The statue captures Mazeroski's image after he rounded second base, right arm holding his cap high, left arm outstretched, right leg bent back in mid-stride, left leg planting on the ground. When finished, it will sit at the end of the cul-de-sac on Mazeroski Way, near the right-field entrance to the park. Behind it will sit part of the wall from Forbes Field bearing the No. 406, over which he hit the legendary home run, and the concrete around the statue will model the infield dirt.

Susan Wagner, who designed the Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell statues outside PNC Park, is the sculptress. The statue will be revealed Sept. 5 prior to the game against the Washington Nationals.

"We debated over the pose, but we decided to capture that unbelievable moment that has inspired our city and region to dream about what can be done," Pirates owner Bob Nutting said.

Mazeroski said he doesn't think about the home run every day, but someone does bring it up every day.

Not that he minds.

"I don't get tired of talking about it, I know that," said Mazeroski, who welcomed a third grandchild Thursday. "All I could think (rounding the bases) was, 'We beat the Yankees! We beat the Yankees!' because I was sitting on the bench after they tied it up wondering what in the world happened. All we needed was three outs and we would be world champs, and here they come and tie it up.

"Then someone yelled, 'Maz, you're up!' "

As with the other statues, fans will be able to donate to the fund. But instead of getting their names on a brick, donors will get their names engraved on cast aluminum ivy leaves that will be installed on the Forbes Field backdrop. Small leafs are available for $150, large leafs for $500 and commemorative certificates will be issued to fans donating $25. There will be eight Gold Gloves incorporated into the backdrop that can also be engraved.

Fans can place orders at PirateFest, by calling 1-877-MAZ-1960 or on-line at .

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