Here's what Pete Rose's statue outside Great American Ball Park will look like
Charlie Hustle will be in one of his signature poses
Next season, the Reds will further honor Rose with a statue at the ballpark. Here's a model of the statue, which features Charlie Hustle in his signature pose: sliding head first into a base:
Reds to dedicate Pete Rose statue by Tom Tsuchiya on June 17 pic.twitter.com/6VxigjDxKv— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 3, 2016
Artist Tom Tsuchiya, who is the official sculptor of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, came up with the design. He told Carol Motsinger of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he chose this design because it is emblematic of Rose's energy.
Here's more from Motsinger:
(Tsuchiya has) partnered with some engineers with GE Aviation to ensure Rose never stops flying.
With his back legs raised high in the air, Tsuchiya captures the very moment his front arms hit the dirt. It's a magic trick as much as it is art. Well, a magic trick using science and math instead of smoke and mirrors.
They designed a stainless steel skeleton to place inside of the statue to keep it safely hovering.
The Rose statue will be unveiled on Jun 17. Fellow Big Red Machine teammates Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench also have statues at Great American Ball Park. Joe Nuxhall, Ernie Lombardi, and Frank Robinson have statues at the ballpark as well.
Rose, now 75, remains banned from baseball, though MLB has allowed the Reds to honor him and include him in various ceremonies over the years.
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