06/19/2008 3:03 PM ET
MLB All-Star Statues of Liberty to start appearing throughout New York City
All-Star statues to appear around Times Square, Radio City and Carnegie Hall among other sites; Replicas of the statues, workout jerseys, caps, and programs among special All-Star merchandise available to the public
Forty-two Major League Baseball-decorated Statue of Liberty replicas will start appearing Friday throughout New York City as part of the celebration of the 79th MLB All-Star Game, to be played at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, July 15th.
The statues, commissioned in conjunction with MLB licensee Forever Collectibles, stand eight and a half feet tall and are designed with bold graphics featuring each of the 30 MLB clubs and other celebrations of New York City baseball like the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and the final seasons of Yankee and Shea Stadiums.
The statues will be positioned near some of the most popular locations in New York City including Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the New York Stock Exchange and the Statue of Liberty. Following is a partial list of the statues and where they can be found. For a complete list please visit www.mlb.com.
|All-Star Game||MLB, 245 Park Avenue|
|American League||Statue of Liberty|
|National League||Ellis Island|
|Brooklyn Dodgers||Topps, One Whitehall Street|
|New York Giants||Toys "R" Us, Times Square,1514 Broadway|
|New York Mets||Penn Station, 2 Penn Plaza|
|Yankee Stadium tribute||Yankee Stadium|
|Atlanta Braves||World Financial Center Plaza|
|Boston Red Sox||Sports Museum of America, 26 Broadway|
|Chicago Cubs||20 Broad Street, near N.Y. Stock Exchange|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||888 7th Avenue, near Carnegie Hall|
|St. Louis Cardinals||1290 Ave. of the Americas, near Radio City|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Champs, 5 Times Square|
Miniature versions of each of the statues are now available to the public at a suggested retail price of $24.99 on MLB.com and other participating retailers, including Modell's, Toys "R" Us, Yankees and Mets stadium stores and Clubhouse Shops.
A portion of the sales of the replica statues will be donated to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., which is the only charitable foundation dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enhancement of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
In addition to the All-Star Statue of Liberty replicas, fans can obtain a wide variety of All-Star merchandise.
"This year's All-Star merchandise sales are unprecedented," said Howard Smith, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Licensing. "With the combination of New York City, the final year of Yankee Stadium, and the most diverse All-Star product line we have ever had, we will far surpass our best sales year in All-Star history."
Some of the more popular products include:
All-Star Workout Jerseys
The All-Stars will be sporting the specially made All-Star workout jerseys (msrp $90), made by Majestic Athletic, at Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 14.
MLB All-Star Caps
The classic New Era fitted caps (msrp $36) get an All-Star treatment with the addition of a patch on the side to commemorate the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
MLB All-Star Game Programs
The 2008 Official All-Star Game Program (msrp $15), comprised of more than 270 pages, features stories from the best writers in the business, information about all the 2008 All-Stars, insights into the game's biggest stars and more than 150 pages devoted to the Yankees and to Yankee Stadium, one of the greatest sports arenas the world has ever known. Sure to become a collector's item, fans of all 30 teams also have the option of purchasing a version with an All-Star from their favorite team on the cover. The program is available at Yankee Stadium, MLB.com, newsstands throughout the metropolitan area and wherever MLB merchandise is sold in the metropolitan area.
The 79th MLB All-Star Game and All-Star Summer are expected to be record breaking events for MLB. Tickets sales for DHL All-Star FanFest are well ahead of last year's sales with expectations to reach the highest attendance figure in the event's history. Numerous MLB merchandising partners are forecasting best-ever All-Star sales.
The 79th MLB All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage that will also be available on XM Satellite Radio, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. The 79th All-Star Game will be available via the MLB International world feed in 229 countries/territories and in 13 different languages.
About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands. For more information please go to www.statueofliberty.org or www.ellisisland.org