by Russell Preston, KHTK Sacramento

Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal: San Francisco Giants legends immortalized in metal statues set up around AT&T Park. They are the four pillars of Giants history – four great Hall of Fame talents who spent their best years in a Giants uniform.

The franchise has announced the plan to unveil the fifth pillar to get a statue: Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry. The statue will be unveiled to the public on Aug. 13 in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. The first 20,000 fans will receive a small replica to take home as well.

Perry, 77, spent his first ten season with the Giants from 1962 to 1971, posting 139 wins and 104 losses, a 2.96 ERA, 1606 strikeouts, 670 walks and a 37.0 WAR. He would go on to win two Cy Young awards with the Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres later in his career. He never on a World Series, nor even appear in one. After a 22-year career in the MLB, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 with 314 wins, a 3.11 ERA, 303 complete games and 3,534 strikeouts.

The location of the statue has not been announced yet, but it’s safe to assume it won’t be in Willie Mays Plaza on the corner of 3rd and King – Mays’ statue currently lives there. As for the other three, McCovey has his planted on the opposite side of McCovey cove, visible from the top deck seats and boats in the bay; Marichal’s statue is in front of the Lefty O’Doul gate while Cepeda has his on the corner of 2nd and King.

There’s technically already a fifth statue, but it’s not one for the players. Instead, behind center field in Seals Plaza is a seal balancing a ball on it’s nose. The statue pays tribute to the San Francisco Seals, the city’s minor league baseball team before the Giants moved to town from New York.

All statues were created by William Behrends from North Carolina.


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