In the Shop
Ideally, the umpire should combine the integrity of a Supreme Court judge, the physical agility of an acrobat, the endurance of Job and the imperturbability of Buddha.
— Time Magazine, 8/25/61
Sportsman’s Park 1965
What an amazing name for a ballpark.
This contraption was designed as a way to show the score of multiple games on one board. It’s hilariously overworked, using a system similar to trains and subways from the time did. Canvas rolls were screenprinted with numbers and the banner is scrolled until the correct values are showing. This should remind us how much we take for granted now with today’s technology.
Gorgeous bats, perfect baseballs, and they make scorebooks too!
Mike used an Eephus Scorebook to score his son’s Little League championship season!
The balk is one of the strangest entities in baseball. The ruling was put in place in 1898 as a way to establish rules that pitchers must follow in order to deliver a legal pitch, or pickoff throw. Balk rules are mostly there to protect baserunners from certain types of deceptions from the pitcher. There are over a dozen ways in which a player can balk.
“ The Nervous Greek ”
Skizas was a rare player of Greek heritage in the MLB in the 1950’s, and was known for his odd gyrations and habits. The Nomar of his day!
All of the typefaces! A scorecard after my own heart. That C—LAUNDRY—C section is to die for.
So much blue steel in this photo. I’m sad that we don’t have all dark uniforms anymore. I don’t think they work as well with modern fabrics, but in wool? Damn.
Part of a lovely series by Annie Scaglione. i love this whole series, but this piece in particular has such beautiful coloring.
A set of baseball cards that came complete from the factory, instead of being painstakingly collected by an individual. Cheater.
CLEMENTE – GRAPHIC NOVEL
Learn more about Evanston, IL artist, Wilfred Santiago, who created the amazing graphic novel — 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.
This card is pure perfection. The classical typography arching at the top and set in metallic ink, the Big Hurt’s perfect autograph set below the photo of his follow through, and the raised baseball stitching background are almost too much for one card. Almost.
Batting Average on Balls In Play was developed by Voros McCracken in 1999. It’s a great stat to determine how lucky/unlucky a player is. If a player’s BABIP is below .300, it’s typically a sign of poor luck.
Love the typography styles on this playograph. It lived at the Herald Building in New York.