MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – Known for the ivy foliage covering the outfield walls, Wrigley Field is one of baseball’s oldest parks. Wrigley has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Whales. It also served as the home of the NFL?ÇÖs Chicago Bears from 1921-1970. Fans will often stand outside this storied park on Waveland Avenue, waiting for home run balls hit over the wall and out of the park..
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MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – Probably the most popular stadium in the history of baseball is the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field. Located on the site of an old garbage dump, in the pig town section of Brooklyn, the ball park provided the fans with an intimate look at their local heroes. The right field wall had all sorts of bends and twists, which created havoc as outfielders tried to read caroms off the wall. The scoreboard actually added other bends and twists and more problems for outfielders. A local clothier promised a suit to any player that would hit his bill board. Ebbets Field housed rabid, loyal fans that loved their Dodgers, and loved baseball. The fandom created nicknames that would live on in the lore of baseball. Stan ?Ç£The Man?Ç¥ Musual. Dixie Walker, ?Ç£the People?ÇÖs Cherce?Ç¥, Paul and Lloyd Waner, ?Ç£Big Poison and Little Poison?Ç¥, Carl Erskine ?Ç£Oisk?Ç¥. Sadly, the team abandoned Brooklyn in 1957, only two years removed from winning the World Series for the first time. Ebbets Field stood for two more years, hosting an occasional soccer game. In February 1960, the stadium fell under the spell of a wrecking ball, and now a housing complex stands on the site. To fans of this team, the demolition of Ebbets Field was like a death in the family, and the pain still hurts some fifty years later…
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – The 1970?ÇÖs brought a huge revival to the great baseball rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees. Both teams were rising from the ashes of years of mediocrity and were buoyed by their young all star catchers, both American League Rookie of the Year award winners, New York?ÇÖs Thurman Munson (1970) and Boston?ÇÖs Carlton Fisk (1972). The spirit and fire of this rivalry seemed to be embodied in the competitiveness in these two determined backstops. Their grit and passion seemed to energize their teammates and fans. Many a game between these two teams were spiked with an edge that made it seem at any moment the dugouts would empty and there would be a full fledged free-for-all on the field. Here we see a moment in the Bronx. It looks like Fisk has just taken a pitch that was a little to close for his liking. Having said something to counterpart, Munson removes his mask and glares back, almost inviting him to come at him. In the background, we see Yankee manager, Billy Martin. Never a stranger to ball field fisticuffs, Martin seems to be enjoying the sight of these two warriors standing up to each other..
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – Ferguson Jenkins made his Major League debut on September 10, 1965 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. He allowed only two hits in 4.1 innings of shutout relief to earn a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game started by two future Hall of Famers, Bob Gibson and Jim Bunning. This short relief outing of a late season game between two second division teams was the springboard to a magnificent career that landed Fergie along side the two starters of his first ever game, in Baseball?ÇÖs Hall of Fame. Early the following season, Jenkins was shipped to the Chicago Cubs in a 4 player deal that helped turn the fortunes for the Cubbies. Starting in 1967, Fergie won 20 or more games for six straight seasons. Perhaps his finest year was 1971, when he captured the National League Cy Young award. Fergie?ÇÖs career milestones include 284 victories and over 3000 strikeouts..
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – We met in the Winter of 2004 at a mutual friend?ÇÖs wedding. During the festivities, we began talking about our great-grandfathers, Josh Gibson and Babe Ruth. Immediately, we connected with each other, given the significance of our relatives in the baseball and home run world. Over time, we stayed in touch and became friends. During subsequent conversations, we started sharing our thoughts with each other about the possible ?Ç£what-ifs?Ç¥ had Josh and Babe had the chance to meet and interact together, since there is no known record of these two baseball greats having ever crossed paths in person..
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – Ty Cobb, one of the game?ÇÖs first great players, dominated his era with a strong bat, and incredible speed. Known for playing the game with grit and determination, his style of play often went to the edge of the rules, and sometimes, even beyond the rules. He was rumored to have sharpened his cleats before each game so that he could spike his opponents as he slid into a base. Regardless of what you thought of his aggressive tactics, there was no denying his on the field accomplishments. He retired with 4,189 hits, an all time record that stood for fifty years. His 892 career stolen bases were considered the standard of the modern era, and this mark was also not surpassed for fifty years. Here we see the Georgia Peach, in typical fashion, sliding hard into third base in a game at Hilltop Park against the New York Highlanders..
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – One of baseball?ÇÖs last remaining links to its past, Fenway Park still brings fans to the game as it was in the early 1900?ÇÖs. With its unusual configurations and the proximity of the stands to the players, the park serves as an intimate connection with the fans their beloved team. Here we see the park shortly after it opened in 1912, the same week that the Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage. In its early years, the Park saw great teams consistently play important games. In fact, the Boston Braves played their home World Series games there in 1914, because it sat more fans than their stadium. Ironically, the next year, the Sox won the American League Pennant and played their home World Series games at the just completed Braves Field, about one mile away. The reason? It sat more fans!.
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – The drive to compete. The drive to excel. Every day. Every game. A local kid from Maryland broke into the big leagues as a third baseman with the Baltimore Orioles in 1981. The following season, on may 30, 1982, in the team?ÇÖs 46th game of the year, Cal Ripken, Jr. Was penciled into the starting lineup. It would be sixteen years and 2,632 games before the Baltimore Orioles would have a starting line-up without his name in it. He shattered the longevity record of 2,130 games set by the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig – a feat that most baseball observers thought was unattainable by any other player. Cal Ripken Jr., the ultimate competitor, transformed the position of shortstop. He was a gold glove caliber fielder who brought power to the position of shortstop like few before him could do, and he had the uncanny ability to come up with the biggest hits when the lights were shining their brightest. The litany of his achievements is amazing: rookie of the year, two time American League most valuable player, and member of the 1983 World Champion Orioles. One of the greatest ambassadors the game of baseball has ever seen, he had the great fortune to play with his brother as a teammate and his father as a coach and manager. Cal Ripken, Jr.?ÇÖs place in baseball history was cemented by his overwhelming selection into baseball?ÇÖs Hall of Fame in 2007..
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – A rifle-armed rightfielder, Roberto Clemente was one of his era?ÇÖs great hitters. A member of baseball?ÇÖs 3000 hit club, a four-time batting champion and a .317 lifetime hitter, he was a feared member of the Pittsburgh Pirates batting order for nearly two decades. He won the 1966 NL Most Valuable Player award, and was a member of two world championship teams, including his phenomenal performance in the 1971 fall classic when he batted .414 and was voted the series MVP. Sadly, he perished at a young age in a plane crash while bringing relief supplies to Central America following an earthquake..
MLB Memorabilia Original MLB Art and Prints – In the long history of baseball, there have been many tandems that would define a lineup. Sluggers imbedded in the middle of a batting order that would dominate a game and pound opposing pitchers into submission. The two names almost synonymous with one another: Mays and McCovey, Aaron and Mathews, Mantle and Maris. However, the standard bearer for such a combination is clearly the first such duet, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The tandem that gave the Yankees their nickname, the Bronx Bombers, would attach pitching staffs like no other. They hit more home runs than entire teams and led the Yankees and baseball into an era of long ball that exists to this day. Here we see them relaxing at the bat rack in the home dugout at Yankee Stadium, studying the opposing pitcher like a tiger studies their prey..