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Here's an odd one. The Rockets wanted to honor Hakeem Olajuwon with a statue, but that goes against his Muslim beliefs, so they went with a statue of his jersey accompanied by a plaque:

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Biggio and Bagwell have a statue outside of Minute Maid Park. They are turning an eternal double play:

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The Texans have many statues of bulls all around Reliant Park:

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The Longhorns have statues of Earl Campbell, Coach Darrel Royal (stadium is also named after him), and big dollar donor Joe Jamail at Royal-Memorial Stadium:

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Pittsburgh:

Outside PNC Park there are...

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Honus Wagner (Home Plate Entracne)

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Roberto Clemente (Left Field Outfield Entrance, at base of bridge that bears his name)

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Willie Stargell (Left Field Rotunda Entrance)

Also, just past the left field gate, there is an exhibit dedicated to Pittsburgh Negro League baseball, with statues of notable players:

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As for the steelers, somewhat related, theres a statue of Art Rooney:

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And not far from that is a Panther statue for PITT:

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And while it hasnt been exactly officially announced yet, you know that once the new arena is built, there will be a statue of Mario Lemieux.

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There is a statue of a Bobcat near the entrance to OU's football stadium. Every tour guide tells the prospective students that people come and rub it the night before a game for good luck, but I haven't known anyone to actually do that.

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Right outside the Spectrum is a statue of Gary Dornhoefer scoring the game winning goal in OT on a forehand-to-backhand move against the Minnesota North Stars to give the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 in the 1973 Quarterfinals, putting them up 3-1 and allowing them to win the next game and win their first ever playoff round. Dorny had just barely scored before getting hit by a Stars defenseman, resulting in the shot of him flying through the air with his arms up in celebration.

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Little article about it: http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=3...mp;service=page

And not a real-life player, but...

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Los Angeles:

Outside Staples Center, they have...

Wayne Gretzky

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Magic Johnson

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Anaheim:

Angel Stadium has a statue of original owner Gene Autry (it also has his Hollywood Walk of Fame stars around its base)

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The Pond (Honda Center) has a statue of Wild Wing (the Ducks' mascot) along with a plaque about his "origins" (the team also owns the arena management company for the Pond so that's why that's still there)

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Comerica Park in Detroit:

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Hal Newhouser

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Hank Greenberg

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Ty Cobb

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Al Kaline

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Willie Horton

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Ernie Harwell

View of the player statues:

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Can a Tigers' fan perhaps answer the following question?:

Why is Willie Horton's number retired, and not Bill Freehan's?

I'm glad that Detroit retired his number, even though he is not a Hall of Famer like the other Tigers who have had their numbers retired. But Horton was a 4-time all-star, whereas Freehan was an 11-time all-star.

So why no love for Freehan?

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Darrent Williams statue outside his teen center.

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Legendary University of Denver hockey coach Murray Armstrong statue just outside of the DU hockey arena.

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Coors Field bronze statue, called The "Player", stands as a tribute to Branch Rickey. It was commissioned by the Denver Rotary Club, who awards the annual Branch Rickey Award to one Major League player for exceptional community service. The statue contains the names of all winners since the award was established in 1992.

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The bronze Broncos running up the steps of Invesco Field at Mile High.

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