The Boston Red Sox announced last week that they are in the planning stages of honoring one of the franchise’s greatest players, Hall Of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, with a statue on Van Ness Street, right outside of Gate B of Fenway Park.
The proposed statue will be inspired by a photo of Yastrzemski tipping his helmet to the Fenway Faithful during the final game of his career on October 2, 1983.
In his 23-year-career, all with the Red Sox, “Yaz” had a career batting average of .285 and is the Red Sox’ all-time leader in career RBIs (1,844), hits (3,419), runs, singles, doubles, and games played (3,308).
An 18-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Yastrzemski was also famous for being the last baseball player to win the Triple Crown, a feat that stood for 45 years until Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera captured the Crown in 2012.
In that 1967 Triple Crown season, Yastrzemski hit .326 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs and won the AL MVP almost unanimously – only one voter did not pick the left fielder. Led by Yastrzemski’s bat, the 1967 Red Sox made it all the way to the World Series, where the St. Louis Cardinals put an end to the “Impossible Dream” season in seven games.
One of the top players of his generation, Yastrzemski was voted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility, with 94% of voters choosing him. Later that year, the Red Sox honored Yaz by retiring his No. 8 jersey.
If built, Yastrzemski’s statue will not be far from other Red Sox legends, as Van Ness street is also home to a statue of Ted Williams and a group statue of Williams, SS Johnny Pesky, 2B Bobby Doerr, and OF Dom DiMaggio.