PICS: Wainwright statue unveiled in China as gift from St. Louis

The statue of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throwing a pitch was placed outside Youth Olympic Park Stadium in Nanjing.

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October 14, 2019 - 5:48 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - The reach of Cardinals Nation has been extended 7,000 miles away to Nanjing, China thanks to a gift from St. Louis which was unveiled Monday. A bronze statue of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was placed outside a youth ballpark as a gift from St. Louis to its sister city. 

Mayor Lyda Krewson, the World Trade Center of St. Louis, Collins & Hermann, and the St. Louis-Nanjing Sister City Committee were there to present the gift in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the sister city relationship. 

As a gift to St. Louis, a bronze statue of a Chinese baseball player will be placed in Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis. The statue at Ballpark Village will be unveiled within the next few months. 

“I am extremely honored to represent the St. Louis Cardinals in the city of Nanjing,” said Wainwright.  “I hope to come visit the statue someday.”

The two statues were sculpted by Harry Weber, the same artist who sculpted each of the statues of the players in the Hall of Fame gallery outside of Busch Stadium at the corner of Clark and 7th Street. The video at the top of this page shows the 7-foot, 600-pound Wainwright statue being prepared for bronzing at VMD Sculpting's studio in Soulard. 

“Baseball is culturally significant to St. Louis, connecting our community through a shared experience for 137 years,” said Krewson.  “Through this gift we invite the citizens of Nanjing to share in our passion for Cardinals baseball.”

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In 1979, St. Louis was linked with the city of Nanjing (formally Nanking) and became the first U.S. municipality to have a sister city in the People’s Republic of China.  Inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower, Sister Cities International pairs communities throughout the world.  Sister cities engage in educational, cultural, municipal and economic exchanges designed to promote mutual understanding. 

“I’m thrilled that the Cardinals can play a small role in this wonderful relationship between Nanjing, China and St. Louis, Missouri,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “I know our fans will enjoy learning about the sister city relationship when they see the statue on display in Ballpark Village.”

The St. Louis – Nanjing Sister City Committee has sponsored many exchanges that have touched thousands of people in our two communities from school children to corporate leaders.  Mayors of both cities have led official trade delegations and given enthusiastic support to our sister city activities.

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