- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

LONACONING, Md. (AP) - Fundraising for a statue of Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove in his western Maryland hometown is in the final innings.

The Cumberland Times-News (https://bit.ly/28QrKk3) reported Thursday that a $75,000 check from the state comptroller’s office has put organizers in Lonaconing (LOH’-nah-koh-ning) within striking distance of their goal.

Bucky Schriver says the group has banked $52,000 in private donations and needs to raise another $23,000 to match the state grant.

Sculptor Susan Luery, a Baltimore native, says she’ll bring a 22-inch model of the bronze sculpture to Lonaconing this summer.

Schriver says he’s hoping for a dedication ceremony by the summer of 2018.

The General Assembly approved state funding earlier this year for the project in the town of 1,200 about 150 miles west of Baltimore.

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