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A statue of National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher for the Brooklyn Dogers, Roy Campanella, is located on the south lawn of the National Baseball Hall of Fame at 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY.
A pair of life size bronze sculptures recreates the Brooklyn Dodgers battery, the catcher and pitcher, from the seventh and deciding game of the 1955 World Series. Behind home plate is a statue of Dodger catcher Roy Campanella. He is shown squatting while wearing the customary protective gear worn by a catcher. His left hand has a catcher glove with a ball caught in the pocket. His right hand is raising his protective mask which would indicate that the batter struck out and the inning is over. A sculpture of the pitcher, Johnny Podres is located the standard distance of 6'6" away.
Roy Campanella is standing on a five sided plinth that is shaped like home plate. A second five sided stone plaque representing home plate is inscribed:
These sculptures, modeled after the 1955 World Series
Game Seven Battery of Johnny Podres and Roy Campanella
were donated by an ardent fan Sheldon Fireman
in memory of all the hours he stood outside Ebbets Field
hoping beyond hope to collect an autograph
from anyone who ever played there.
May they put a smile on the faces of
all of the wonderful fans of baseball
Sheldon Fireman, July, 2001
On January 28, 1958, he was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, ending his baseball career. He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Campanella died of heart failure on June 26, 1993.