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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
 

A statue of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Bill Mazeroski rounding second base after he hit the winning home run in the 1960 World Series could be built in time for his 75th birthday in September.

The Sports & Exhibition Authority's board of directors today approved construction next to PNC Park of the bronze statute of the second baseman known as "Maz." The authority owns PNC Park.

The Pirates commissioned the statue to honor the 50th anniversary of the team's World Series victory over the New York Yankees. On Oct. 13, 1960, in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game in the series, Mazeroski hit a home run over the left field wall at Forbes Field to win the game 10-9.

A replica of the brick wall will be built behind the statute. Those who donate to the Pirates Charities can purchase an aluminum leaf affixed to the wall with their name on it.

The Pirates are paying $450,000 to build the statute on Mazeroski Way. The team will be responsible for maintenance. Sculptor Susan Wagner will create the work. Wagner created the 12-foot-tall statues of Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell near PNC Park.

The Mazeroski statue plan is set to go before the city's Art Commission on Friday for review. Construction could begin in June and be finished by Sept. 5, Mazeroski's birthday.

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