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The Player

(Photo by Lyle Scott ©)

Subject(s): Anonymous
Sport: Baseball

Location: Colorado Rockies, Coors Field, Denver, CO
Unveiled: 2/6/2005
Sculptor: George Lundeen
Material: Bronze
Status: In Situ

Inscription(s):
Inscribed on plinth, side 1: THE PLAYER. "IT IS NOT THE HONOR THAT YOU TAKE WITH YOU BUT THE HERITAGE YOU LEAVE BEHIND." - BRANCH RICKEY. PLACED HERE BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF DENVER. JUNE 2, 2005. [Rotary International logo] GEORGE LUNDEEN, SCULPTOR.

Inscribed on plinth, side 2: KNOWN TO MILLIONS OF FANS AS "MR.BASEBALL," BRANCH RICKEY WAS VOTED THE "MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN SPORTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY" BY ESPN’S SPORTS CENTURY PANEL. PERHAPS MOST FOREMOST AMONG HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, MR. RICKEY IS CREDITED WITH BREAKING THE COLOR BARRIER IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. AS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BROOKLYN DODGERS IN 1945, HE SIGNED THE FIRST BLACK PLAYER, JACKIE ROBINSON. THE BRANCH RICKEY AWARD, CREATED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF DENVER, HONORS PROFESSIONALS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FOR EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE. THESE HUMANITARIANS PERSONIFY ROTARY INTERNATIONAL’S MOTTO, "SERVICE ABOVE SELF". RECIPIENTS OF THE BRANCH RICKEY AWARD AND MEMBERS OF THE BASEBALL HUMANITARIANS HALL OF FAME ARE: 1992 DAVID WINFIELD - 1993 KIRBY PUCKETT - 1994 OZZIE SMITH - 1995 TONY GWYNN - 1996 BRETT BUTLER - 1997 CRAIG BIGGIO - 1998 PAUL MOLITOR - 1999 AL LEITER - 2000 TODD STOTTLEMYRE - 2001 CURT SCHILLING - 2002 BOBBY VALENTINE - 2003 ROLAND HEMOND - 2004 JAMIE MOYER - 2005 LUIS GONZALEZ - 2006 TOMMY LASORDA - 2007 JOHN SMOLTZ - 2008 TREVOR HOFFMAN - 2009 TORII HUNTER - 2010 VERNON WELLS - 2011 SHANE VICTORINO - 2012 R.A. DICKEY.

Inscribed on plinth, side 3: SERVICE ABOVE SELF. THIS SCULPTURE AND THE BASE ON WHICH IT SITS WERE PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF DENVER IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL AND THE CONTINUING INVOLVEMENT OF ROTARIANS HERE AND IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES IN 168 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. [Rotary International logo]

Inscribed on plinth, side 4: THE ROTARY CLUB OF DENVER EXPRESSES ITS DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED THE FUNDS TO ERECT "THE PLAYER." MONFORT FAMILY FOUNDATION. COLORADO ROCKIES FOUNDATION. CLARENCE G. WILKINS IN MEMORY OF 60 YEARS OF ROTARY SERVICE. [long list of individual contributors follows].

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