Cory Lidle Memorial

Don Hunt on the day the Lidle monument was placed in Covina

Don Hunt standing next to his finished Cory Lidle at Stevens Art Foundry

New York Yankee pitcher, Cory Fulton Lidle spent nine seasons in the major leagues playing for nine different teams. He is a descendant of Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat, which explains his middle name. Tragically, Lidle died when his single engine aircraft crashed into a residential building in New York City in 2006 – mere days later, his hometown of West Covina committed themselves to honor their native son’s memory with a bronze monument.

The city council’s haste was not surprising. West Covina, CA, loves baseball, and the city has produced a dozen professional baseball players including both Lidle’s brother and Yankee teammate Jason Giambi. Consequently, Hunt chose to depict Lidle in a Yankee uniform throwing a pitch. The attention to detail in Hunt’s statue is remarkable.

Hunt’s half-ton statue stands 8 feet tall, and was placed in a premier location at the entrance of West Covina’s Big League Dreams Sports Park in Lidle’s hometown. Although the monument honors the memory of Cory Lidle, it also celebrates West Covina’s love of America’s game. Ironically, the energy, movement, and detail of the Lidle memorial also captures the vibrancy and spirit of the man who made it – Don Hunt.

Stevens Art Foundry honors the opportunity to have cast one of Hunt’s last bronzes in addition to The Texas Ranger Monument. To view more photographs of the Don Hunt’s bronzes that were cast at Stevens Art Foundry please visit our Don Hunt page.