Bronze Statue Honoring Famed BU Sports Legend Harry Agganis to be Unveiled

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 | ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — A life-size, bronze statue of Boston University’s famed sports alumnus and local sports legend Harry Agganis will be unveiled at the Mezé restaurant in Charlestown on May 4. Hosted by Boston University’s Office of Development and the Agganis family, the unveiling also will kick-off BU’s fund-raising efforts to establish a scholarship in Agganis’ honor.
Sculptor Armand LaMontagne of Rhode Island, whose works of sports greats include statues of Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, and Carl Yastrzemski, created the figure. The statue depicts Agganis in his football uniform wearing his number 33 Boston University jersey. He is posed in his quarterback position, with the ball in his left hand ready to make a pass.
The statue will have a permanent home on the Boston University campus as the centerpiece of the Harry Agganis Sports and Entertainment Arena, opening in January 2005. The arena will be home to Terrier hockey and basketball, and will be available for University and community activities such as sporting events, trade shows, conventions, concerts and other cultural performances.
Known as “The Golden Greek,” Agganis, a Lynn native, was a star baseball and football player at Boston University. Following his senior year, he turned down a sizeable football contract offer from the Cleveland Browns to play baseball for the Boston Red Sox so he could remain close to his family. He became one of the most promising Sox players of the decade. In 1955, at age 26, Agganis died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism.
For more information, please contact Tom Testa at 617-353-2240 or ttesta@bu.edu.

Event: Unveiling of Harry Agganis Statue

Date: Tuesday, May 4

Time: 8 p.m.

Place: Mezé Restaurant
One Hundred City Square
Charlestown, Mass.