CLEVELAND (WJW) — The beloved Cleveland Indians player Rocky Colavito got a permanent place in Little Italy, with a statue reveal of the Italian baseball legend today.
The unveiling took place at Tony Brush Park, 12002 Mayfield Road, at 1:30 p.m., with multiple people from the Indians organization attending.
**Related Video below: Groundbreaking on the Rocky Colavito statue earlier this year.**
“Absolutely, Cleveland is my favorite city in the whole world,” Rocky told a cheering crowd as he got a bit chocked up. “I’m really happy that God chose me to play in Cleveland. I am honored and overwhelmed by the presence of each and every one of you today.”
Colavito played for the Cleveland baseball team twice, once from 1955 to 1959 and again from 1965 to 1967. The six-time All-Star also was a broadcaster with FOX 8 for the 1972 season.
“This project is going to bring added recognition to a well-deserved ballplayer whose impact on Cleveland went far beyond the playing field,” Matt Gambatese, Chairman of the Rocky Colavito Statue Committee, said in a statement earlier this year.
The clay statue was created by sculptor David Deming who also crafted area statues of Larry Doby, Lou Boudreau and Frank Robinson. Nearly $200,000 was raised by the Rocky Colavito Statue Committee to make the work a reality.
Colavito also celebrated his 88th birthday today.