Orioles gift to Rivera

The bat presented to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tonight by Orioles manager Buck Showalter was sculpted by Omri and his son, Itamar Amrany,  of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Highland, Illinois.

Omri Amrany is an Israeli-American sculptor and painter.  Among his sculpted sports works are The Spirit: Michael Jordan, a 16-foot sculpture commissioned by the Chicago Bulls installed at the United Center in Chicago, as well as sculptures of Vince Lombardi at Lambeau Field in Green Bay; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Magic Johnson at The Staples Center in Los Angeles; Josh Gibson, Frank Howard and Walter Johnson at Nationals Park in Washington DC; and the Memorial to Pat Tillman at the Arizona Cardinals stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The bronze was cast at the Alchemist Foundry in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The following plaque accompanies the sculpture, which is Rivera’s retirement gift:

MARIANO RIVERA

Baseball’s all-time saves leaderwho pitched 19 seasons for the New York Yankees.

His numerous baseball records are surpassed only by his humility, respect and philanthropy.

Presented by the Baltimore Orioles,in recognition of his tremendous career and the hundreds of bats he broke along the way.

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