Rocky Colavito Statue

Plans for a statue of former Cleveland Indians slugger Rocky Colavito are moving along after Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday approved a $70,000 grant for the project.The Plain Dealer

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County will provide the final batch of money needed to erect a statue of beloved Cleveland baseball icon Rocky Colavito in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood.

County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $70,000 grant to the nonprofit Italian American Brotherhood Club, which hopes to unveil the bronze statue this summer at Tony Brush Park on Mayfield Road.

Project organizers already have raised $50,000, plus $20,000 in promised contributions. The county funds, which come from casino tax revenues earmarked for community development projects, will put the project on track to meet its $140,000 goal, said Joe Gazzo, a club member who also sits on the committee leading the project.

“Rocky Colavito absolutely loves Cleveland. He loves the people of Cleveland and he’s a fan of the fans,” Gazzo recently told a council committee. “He’s not only a great ball player, but he’s a great human and he’s a good representative of Cleveland.”

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