Forrest Harrill “Smoky” Burgess Statue, Forest City
The bronze statue is Burgess exact height of 5’8” and depicts him in the follow-through motion of swinging a baseball bat. The uniform worn is that of the Pittsburgh Pirates and bears the number 6 which Burgess wore for the 1960 World Series Champions. The statue is mounted to a base of brick-masonry with a cast concrete top and bronze plaque. The statue is centered in a walk-way representative of a baseball diamond.
Images: Front (close-up) view | Bronze plaque | Back view of the statue | Back (close-up) view | Side view | Far-off view of the statue and the gymnasium
FORREST HARRILL “SMOKY’ BURGESS / CAROLEEN, NORTH CAROLINA / BORN FEBRUARY 6, 1927 / DIED SEPTEMBER 15, 1991
MAJOR LEAGUE CATCHER / BATTED LEFT-HANDED AND THREW RIGHT-HANDED / 6-TIME ALL STAR / .295 CAREER BATTING AVERAGE / 126 CAREER HOME RUNS / 145 CAREER PINCH HITS – 4TH ALL TIME
SIGNED BY CHICAGO CUBS IN 1944 / CHICAGO CUBS 1949-1951 / PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 1952-1955 / CINCINNATI REDS 1955-1958 / PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1959-1964 / CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1964-1967 / MEMBER OF 1960 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION / PITTSBURGH PIRATES / MEMBER OF CINCINNATI REDS HALL OF FAME / MEMBER OF NORTH CAROLINA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Town of Forest City
November 9, 2013
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Bronze statue and tablet, brick base with concrete top
Town of Forest City
Forrest Harrill “Smoky” Burgess was a major league baseball catcher who batted left and threw right. He was a 6-time All-star and became one of the best pinch hitters in baseball history. He was given the nickname “Smoky” for the Smokey Mountains but spelled it “Smoky” throughout his career.
Vernon Law of Orem, Utah and a former team mate of Burgess assisted the sculptor by giving his input to the swing and likeness.
The statue is located near the intersection of W. Main Street (US Hwy. 221-A) and Memorial Drive next to the Cool Springs Gymnasium. The gymnasium address is 121 Memorial Drive, Forest City, NC.
The statue stands in the center of a walk-way representative of a baseball diamond.