Kagan: The physics of ballpark statues

From SABR member David Kagan at The Hardball Times on September 14, 2016:

Statues of great ballplayers placed in and around MLB parks have become as popular as Cracker Jacks. The on-going remodel of Wrigley Field added a statue of Ron Santo. The Giants recently unveiled a likeness of Gaylord Perry. Even teams that have avoided the practice are getting into the act. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced this year they will install their first. As you might guess, Jackie Robinson will be the honoree.

You might think that each team’s web site would proudly list their statues and maybe even include a picture and some information. How wrong you would be! There seems to be no up-to-date comprehensive list of player statues maintained by MLB.

However in 2010, Larry Granillo published his personal ranking of the best statues at MLB parks. His list was built by searching for photos on Flickr. The Sporting Statues Project (ironically, a British website) maintains a list of US and Canadian Baseball Statues and appears to be very up-to-date.

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-physics-of-ballpark-statues/

Originally published: September 14, 2016. Last Updated: September 14, 2016.