The feats of Joe DiMaggio have long towered over baseball players. Now, his likeness will tower over visitors to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

DiMaggio, who was the hall's first inductee in 1978, attended the unveiling ceremony Saturday."Through the dedication of this statue, we will provide an enduring legacy of what Joe DiMaggio meant not only to the world of baseball, but also to a nation who followed his distinguished career," said George Randazzo, president and founder of the hall of fame.

The statue, sculpted by Ferdinand Rebecchini, will stand more than 11 feet tall and will be displayed near the entrance to the hall in this northwestern Chicago suburb.