The legendary poem "Casey at the Bat" was penned in 1888, but still is unparalleled as the most famous baseball poem ever. The subject of the poem is fictional "Casey", but most identified the real subject as Mike "King" Kelly. He was baseball's first superstar, and a notorious drinker. I have brought the 2 worlds together in this painting. 2 liquor bottles are at the top of the canvas, and a ball is suspended by a string swaying in suspense. Oil on Canvas, bottles, whiskey, wood, ball and string, 2015. $3,500
In 1951 Eddie Gaedel received instant fame by becoming the first little person to play in a major league game. Owner and showman Bill Veeck orchestrated the stunt, and occasionally brought Eddie back for ballpark events. In 1959 Gaedel and three other little people landed in a helicopter at Comiskey Park. They emerged dressed as Martians and carrying space ray guns. They ran to the dugout and captured diminutive middle infielders Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio, and took them to home plate for a ceremony. In this painting the little people get revenge flying a real space ship, capturing the players. Oil On Canvas 22x23.5" 2015. $1000
Cocaine was a Huge problem in Major League Baseball in the late 70's- early 80's. I painted 8 noses of players known to partake. An "8 ball" is slang for a small bag of cocaine. In 1985 Eleven players were officially suspended, but all the suspensions were commuted in exchange for fines, drug testing, and community service. The Pittsburgh drug trials are considered one of baseball's biggest all-time scandals. Hernandez, Raines, Scurry, Parker, Smith, Howe, Berra, Wilson. Oil on Wooden Panel, 20x 24" 2016. $1,500
Who wouldn't enjoy a day of hooky on the North side enjoying a day game an Old Style? Oil on Canvas 9x 12" 2015. $350
On July 4th, 1950 Barney Doyle had just sat down in his seat at the Polo Groundsto watch the double-header baseball game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers when a bullet hit him in the forehead killing him instantly. The bullet was fired from outside the stadium and had traveled almost a half-mile to reach Doyle's seat in the upper-tier of the stadium. Oil on Canvas 16x 16" 2015. $950
The Alcatraz baseball field. 11x14",Oil on Canvas Board, 2015. $400
Al Smith of the White Sox gets a beer shower during 1959 World Series. 11x14" Oil on Masonite Board, 2015. $350
Mel Ott hit over 500 home runs for the Giants. He died at age 49 when he pulled onto a foggy road colliding with another car. Image on left shows Ott getting photo taken for a civilian job. The title refers to the amount of reaction time in seconds a batter has to hot a fastball. What is the reaction time to avoid a car on a foggy day?
Oil on birch panel 24"x 20" second panel 12"x 9" 2015 $2200
Glenn Burke played for the Dodgers in the late 1970's. He was homosexual, and really didn't make any attempt to hide that fact to his teammates or management. He is also credited for giving the first "high-5". He gave it to Dusty Baker after Dusty had hit his 30th of the season. Later the high-5 became a symbol of gay pride. Burke passed away in 1995 from complications due to the AIDS virus. Oil, and glitter On Wooden Panel, 12"x 16" 2015 $750
Pete Gray was a one armed major leaguer during WWII. He was more of an entertainment attraction to bring fans in, Peter also became a role model for children and people with disabilities, and also became a great inspiration and hero for wounded Veterans returning home from the war. He became a pool hustler, gambler, and alcoholic in later years.
Oil on Canvas board 12" x16" 2015 $450
I took two separate incidents of players being injured in games and placed side by side to change the context into race in America. Tony Conigliaro was beaned in the eye forever derailing his career. John Roseboro was hit over the head with a bat during a game by Juan Marichal. Oil on Canvas panels 11"x 14" , and 12" x16" 2015 $500
In the final fights of Muhammad Ali's career he was slow, overweight and over matched. His handlers pushing him to continue to fight long after he should have retired so they could collect payday. He should be riding the horse into the sunset, but instead gets abused for the payday. Oil on Canvas 30"x40" 2015 $3000
Ted Williams served 5 and a half years as a Marine fighter pilot in WWII and Korea. He was as passionate about fishing as he was about baseball. I combined images to show a bomb exploding in the background as he fishes. It is only in recent years people have acknowledged the horrors of PTSD.
24"x20"X17/8" Oil on Birch panel 2015. $1800
The Steroid Congressional Hearings in 2005. Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil.
Oil On Canvas 12"x 36" 2015. $800.
Man Shot for trying to take another man's Lebron James model shoes.
Oil on Canvas 16"x16" 2015 $400
Joe Jackson's business card looms over his head as he runs a liquor store in his old age. Forced to leave Baseball after the 1919 Black Sox scandal, possibly the greatest hitter ever is forced to into a menial job .
Diptych Oil on Canvas 2014 $3750
Ty Cobb in WWI uniform. Cobb served on the front lines of America’s fight against Germany. Cobb, along with Christy Matthewson and Branch Rickey, was a member of a special elite combat unit called the “Chemical Warfare Service,” otherwise known as the “Gas and Flame Division.”
24"x20 Oil on Birchwood panel 1 7/8" deep. 2015. $1600
Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson 1908-1915 did not make for a popular champion at the height of the Jim Crow era. Johnson was faced with much controversy when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912, by taking unmarried women over state lines. He dated white women, often traveling with more than one at a time. Johnson fled to Europe to evade prison. He finally returned and spent time in jail. Late in life he was refused service at a diner, angrily got in his car and sped off. He lost control of the car killing himself. THe clouds of this painting are maps of Europe. Oil On Wooden Panel Board 2014 $3500
Ruth Ann Steinhagen in prison after shooting Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus. 12"x9" Oil On masonite board 2014. $200
For over forty years, Maud Nelson was active in every facet of women's baseball. She played pitcher, third base, scouted, and owned or managed some of the finest women's teams to play in the earliest days of the game. In 1908, one reporter wrote that she was "the greatest all-around female ball player in existence." In the 1930s, she retired to a house in the neighborhood of Wrigley Field, living there until her death in 1944. I painted Maud's image incorporating flowers, and a frying pan. Symbols of femininity, or sexism that she spent her life battling.
Oil and Acrylic on metal frying pan. $400
Oil On Canvas Board,12"x 16" 2015. $300
Ty Cobb broke into major league baseball with the Tigers in August 1905, just three weeks after his mother, Amanda Cobb, had been arrested on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Cobb’s father, William Herschel Cobb. Amanda said she thought her husband was an intruder trying to enter their house through the bedroom window when she shot him twice. But there had been rumors in town that William suspected his wife of infidelity and had unexpectedly returned home late that fateful evening, when she believed him to be out of town. Ty later stated, "I did it for my father. He never got to see me play... but I knew he was watching me, and I never let him down." See additional images for continued description.....
The triptych consists of a ladder with text taken from a letter Herschel Cobb wrote to a 15 year old Ty . Certain statements seemed appropriate for this story. Each step of the ladder has a different sentence written on it. "To have eyes that really see, ears that..., conquer your anger and wild passions that...., degrade your dignity and belittle your manhood...., perpetual guidance of the better angel of your nature...., drive out the demon that lurks in all human blood." See additional images for more information on this piece....
The image of the woman is from the early 20th century but not actually Amanda, the final painting is the Cobb house, the barren trees have a splattering of blood red leaves, and a ladder rests against the house.
Oil and Acrylic Mixed Media 2014. Dimensions LAdder 48"x 12", portrait of woman 10"x 8", and house 23"x 18". $2500
Joe Jackson, possibly the greatest hitter ever, pictured with roses below. 2013, 24" x 20" Oil on Canvas.
A not so happy meeting on the mound that found John Roseboro with a bat across his head courtesy of Juan Marichal. Sandy Koufax looks on in shock. 30"x40" Oil on Canvas. 2014 $3750
Jackie Robinson playing cards with 3 men who have not so trusting expressions. The title refers to "card sharks" as well as the bubble above their heads which shows the ocean with sharks on the hunt. Oil on Masonite Panel 31.75"x 35.5" 2014. $3250
In 1946 Jackie Robinson played minor league baseball for the Montreal Royals. The Canadian populous was much more tolerant of the African American population. Robinson was preparing for a less hospitable reception in the U.S. as Branch Rickey introduced him as a member of the parent club, the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Oil On Canvas 40"x30", 2014. $3500
Joe Jackson and his wife Katie. She stares at him as their world swirls around them. Their home is upside down in upper left and eyes peer at the couple through the fence. Joe just told her he is banned form Baseball. 2012, Oil on Masonite Panel 36"x 30".
Ruth Ann Steinhagen became obsessed with Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus. She shot him in the Edgewater hotel in Chicago in 1949. This painting shows Ruth and Eddie with an upside down crumbling home spiraling above their heads. 2010 Oil on Masonite Panel 36" x 30" $3000
Joe Jackson and his wife Katie with an image of a vulture and a coyote battling for food. I am intrigued as to what happened to their relationship once he was banned from the game. The broken telephone wires in the background signify a lack of communication. 2012, Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"
Joe and Katie / Vulture and Coyote
"The Natural" is by far my favorite baseball film. The protagonist, Roy states, "My life didn't turn out the way I expected" upon meeting Iris after a 17 year absence. I feel this quote can pertain to any person's life. It can be seen as a positive or negative statement. This print measures 11"x 17". A letterpress edit on of 20, with 2 Artists Proofs. Note: Each print has unique ink application so mild variations are to be expected from this image. $99
Another quote from "The Natural," Roy states, "My dad wanted me to be a baseball player" after Pop Fischer tells him, "My mother wanted me to be a farmer." The second print is larger measuring 15.75 x 19.75. Twenty regular edition prints and 2 artist Proofs. Note: Each print has unique ink application so mild variations are to be expected from this image. $99
© 2009 • 36 by 30 inches • oil on Masonite board
Our society often allows athletes to play by their own sets of rules. This sense of grandiose entitlement makes one wonder if the old adage, Never meet your heroes is good advice. 2011- 15, 10 x10" Oil on masonite panels $3000
An image of an aged Joe Jackson about to crack an egg on a burner that is far too hot. Eight pieces of bacon are nailed to the wall representing the 8 White Sox to gamble on the 1919 Series. The flies that buzz around the rotting meat represent the gamblers and the owners, who promised the players a $20,000 payday but only delivered $5000. Outside the window is Katie, Joe's wife, her world turned upside down with their livelihood taken away.
© 2007 • 48 by 48 inches • oil, plastic flies on canvas
Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn was known as one of the most dominant 19th century hurlers, but he gained notoriety of another sort. During a Boston/New York team photograph in 1886, he became the first public figure to be photographed extending his middle digit to the camera.
2013, Oil On Canvas 24"x 30"
Carl Mays delivers one of his spitballs using his deceptive submarine delivery. In August 1920 he beaned star shortstop Ray Chapman in the temple killing him. 9x12" panels(7) Oil On canvas 2010. SOLD Private Collection
Mordecai Centennial Brown lost two fingers on his right hand in a farm-machinery accident, later gaining him the name "Three Finger Brown." Overcoming this handicap and turning it to his advantage, he became one of the elite pitchers of his era. This painting shows a pair of severed fingers in a pool of blood.
2012, 20"x 20" Oil on Canvas with ceramic fingers.
A guard watches Cubs pitcher Orval Overall warming up and realizes that this is his life. He is normal, boring, and unspectacular. He will never receive the adulation of the famous but drown in the boring, mundane anonymity he loathes.
© 2010 • Oil on Masonite, 36 inches by 30 inches
Billy Sunday played professional baseball during the 1880's, and later became a religious con man. Between 1908 and 1920, Sunday earned over a million dollars. An average worker during the same period earned less than $14,000 annually. I find the correlation that those who are successful see between success and religion interesting. When modern athletes point to the sky giving thanks for a home run I wonder whether their actions might speak louder than their public posturing. In this image the Jesus fish have turned into piranhas.
© 2008 • 24 by 20 inches • oil on Masonite panel
SOLD- Private Collection- An image of the Addie Joss benefit game with Joss in the background. Baseball player turned Evangelist Billy Sunday performed the sermon, that is the text in the background. Lillian was the name of Addie's wife. 2014, Oil on Canvas 36"x48".
Joe Jackson sits on trial. A panel of gossiping mouths spreads rumors of gambling. They all promised to keep their mouths shut, but it just didn't work out that way. The cork pops off the champagne bottle.
© 2009 • 40 by 30 inches, and 48 by 24 inches • oil on Masonite panel; mouth molds on wood panel
Christy Mathewson, master pitcher and chess player. I made this painting as a comment on war in the age of the military industrial complex.
©2007 • 48 by 60 inches • oil, plastic army figures on canvas
Sold -Private Collection- Charles "Victory" Faust is the subject of this dyptich. Faust suffered from a mental condition limiting his cognitive ability. He was told by a fortune teller that he would pitch the NY Giants to the World Series. He met John McGraw the manager of the team who allowed him to hang around the team because of his eccentric behavior. It just so happened they went on a winning streak and Victory had earned his stay as a mascot. He was even allowed to pitch in a few mop up games. Once the team stated to lose he was sent packing, and ended up in a mental institution, where he eventually died. The painting on the left shows a postcard view of the mental institution with the words "Victory" above it and a fortune teller hand. The canvas on the right is the back of the postcard written to John McGraw asking to get back with the team. 2014 Oil on Canvas 44"x30" each canvas.
The Black Sox scandal. Abe Attell was the middle man between the players and fix mastermind Arnold Rothstein. Abe is shown with an image of a young boy, a boxing glove in the middle and torn children's school work.
© 2008 • mixed media collage