Pirates to unveil Mazeroski statue Sunday

Pirates to unveil Mazeroski statue Sunday

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates will hold a ceremony for the unveiling of a Bill Mazeroski statue outside of PNC Park's right-field gate prior to Sunday's game. The dedication is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. ET.

Fittingly, the statue's unveiling comes as a part of the 50th anniversary of the Pirates' third World Series championship. Though Mazeroski earned eight Gold Glove Awards and was elected to seven All-Star Games during his 17-year career, he is best known for hitting a game-winning homer against the Yankees in the seventh game of that Fall Classic.

Mazeroski's statue will be the fourth full-body statue of a Pirates player to be placed at the ballpark. Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell have already been immortalized in such a way.

"He did something great in baseball," said Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. "And it's not just that moment that makes him who he is. It's the way he carries himself, and the way he carried himself when he played. He didn't change. He still seems like the same humble guy. I'm sure he's going to enjoy the statue, but [he'll] say they didn't have to do it, just because that's the way he is."

Scheduled to be in attendance for the unveiling are Mazeroski's two sons, Darren and David; Mazeroski's grandson, Billy; and former teammates Bob Friend, Dick Groat, ElRoy Face and Bill Virdon.

Fans are welcome to watch the ceremony live from the north end of Mazeroski Way or inside the ballpark on the video board.