This is entirely make believe, but I would think it would be similar to the Raven's ROH, where being accomplished is only part of the requirement.
More important than his well documented douchery (I went to school with him, I'm personally familiar with his douchery) is the fact that Phelps is FROM Baltimore, but didn't compete REPRESENTING Baltimore. He's Team USA, not Team Baltimore.
I would replace Cal with Frank. :)
They definitely need a statue of Ray Lewis beside Johnny U.
Over at Camden Yards they should build a Cal Ripken statue, Earl Weaver, and Brooks Robinson.
I came into this thread saying Brooks better be on it.....
Am in agreement those are the big 4
Other names tossed out I can roll with also...
and add Jim Palmer, Lenny Moore, Arthur (Fatso) Donovan
My cred? if you say Bobby Boyd, I have to ask which one, the Oriole 1st Baseman or the Colts DB?
No love for Hoyt Wilhelm?
How soon they forget. :069:
I don't want to downplay Phelps because he is an all time great athelete, but I don't think he is as iconic to Baltimore as those other people. I don't live in Baltimore anymore, and I talk sports with people that I meet. Over the years i have had a ton of people say "You are from Baltimore, Cal Ripken is awesome", or "Ray Lewis is a GOAT "(or overrated depending on the conversation). The old timers know Johnny U. I don't think I have ever had anybody say to me: " You are from Baltimore? I love Michael Phelps!"
Two other people I would submit for the 2nd or 3rd mountain would be Sugar Ray Leonard and Pam Shriver.
I'd much prefer to see Ray's statue on the other side of the stadium, centered in front of the main gate just like #19.
I like the idea of the two biggest football legends in Baltimore history protecting both sides of the stadium. Just feels right.
And add me to the list of no to Phelps. I've seen his douchery first hand in and around Canton / Fells. Ask the owners of Max's, Koopers and Alexanders if he's a nice guy or treats women with respect. I don't care if he's won 100 medals. The "man" is a complete ass and not worthy of being compared to the others.
How bout the legend Kyle Boller.
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