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Pujols Memorialized in Bronze

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Albert Pujols walks over to his new statue at Westport Plaza in front of Pujols 5 Bar & Grill in Maryland Heights, MO. KMOX Sports/Willie Springer

Albert Pujols walks over to his new statue at Westport Plaza in front of Pujols 5 Bar & Grill in Maryland Heights, MO. KMOX Sports/Willie Springer

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOX) — Even as they cheered their team to a World Series victory, fans at Busch Stadium were wondering if they were watching Albert Pujols bat for the last time as a Cardinal.

But something happened Wednesday that ensured Pujols would be a permanent fixture in St. Louis.

Famed sculptor Harry Weber took the wraps off a bronze statue of the Redbirds slugger during a late morning ceremony at Westport Plaza.

At 10-feet tall and more than 1,000 pounds, the sculpture is larger than life — and why not?

After all, the Cards first basemen has been putting up consistent numbers at the plate for more than a decade, helping to carry the team to three World Series and two championships during his time here.

Listen to the press conference with Albert Pujols and his wife Diedra

The donor also commissioned Weber to create limited edition replicas of the Albert Pujols statue. The funds raised will go to the Pujols Family Foundation. Two sized of bronze maquettes and copies of Weber’s original sketch of the sculpture are available for purchase through Fine Art, Ltd. (www.fineartlimited.com, or call 636-537-1500)

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