The statue crossed the Atlantic Ocean on August 10, 2011 on Delta Air Lines Flight 241, a Boeing 767 from Rome to Atlanta, and was trucked the next day from Atlanta to a freight terminal at BWI. It cleared customs at BWI.
Third Base on the statue is 583 feet from third base at Camden Yards. For virtually all of his Orioles' career, Brooks wore uniform #5 and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983!
Pietrasanta, the Italian town where the statue was fabricated, means "Holy Stone" in Italian. During the late 15th/early 16th century, Michelangelo sculpted in Pietrasanta due to the proximity of nearby marble quarries.
The statue is first in the world to have a QR code. (OK, OK, we made that up, but hey, it must be one of the first.) The code is located on the donor plaque on the pedestal and takes smart phones equipped with a code-scanning app directly to this mobile website. Stop by and scan. Or maybe that's how you got here in the first place!
There are two other statues of Brooks. One is located in York, PA, outside of the stadium where the minor-league York Revolution play. Brooks began his professional career in York with the team then known as the White Roses. The statue was sculpted by Lorann Jacobs and is based on the Norman Rockwell portrait of Brooks signing a fan's autograph. It was unveiled on April 5, 2008. The other statue is located inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards in the Orioles Legends picnic area on the Camden St. side of the stadium. This statue was sculpted by Antonio Tobias Mendez and dedicated on September 29, 2012.