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Baseball art painting of catcher Ramon Hernandez swuatting behind home plate with his catcher's hand extended out to catch the baseball

Baseball Art Catcher Ramon Hernandez

Baseball ArtBaseball art painting of catcher Ramon Hernandez swuatting behind home plate with his catcher's hand extended out to catch the baseball

Baseball art painting of Ramon Hernandez is 50″ x 70″ acrylic on unstretched canvas

As someone once said, “A catcher is a backstop with a good art.”  And Ramon Hernandez was a great catcher with a good arm and got in front of everything.   (and can play first base)   He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Oakland Athletics (1999–2003), San Diego Padres (2004–2005), Baltimore Orioles (2006–2008), Cincinnati Reds (2009–2011), Colorado Rockies (2012) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2013).

Playing Catcher

He has an interesting position to play catchers are the defensive leader on the field. They call the pitches and can position players on the field and have a pragmatic view of baseball. The great pitcher Bob Feller said, “If you believe your catcher is intelligent and you know that he has considerable experience, it is a good thing to leave the game almost entirely in his hands.”

A good catcher will have psychological insight and have a list of behaviors for each player approaching the batting box. His eyes are continuing to move across the field of play and his mind running the different offensive scenarios in his head. All of this going on with a baseball bat menacingly inches from his head.

Catcher Bill Dickey

Bill Dickey  a baseball catcher and manage of the Yankees once said about being a catcher,  “.A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.”   He played catcher in the Major League for the New York Yankees for 19 seasons. Dickey managed the Yankees after retiring from his playing career.

Catcher in the Rye

And, of course we must have a quote from the most that famous catcher who hangs out in the Rye, ” Holden Caulfield, ” “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

― Quote from, J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye.

San Francisco Giants Baseball paintings Willie Mays Art Book

San Francisco Giants Willie Mays

Baseball images of San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays in a short book. There is a short narrative about Willie Mays that accompanies the 10 images in the book.  As most of you probably know Willie Mays is one of the greatest baseball players in history,

The “Say Hey Kid”

Willie Mays dad played semi-pro baseball and had the nickname of “Cat” and his mother was an athlete in high school running track as a sprinter.  The way Willie Mays got the nickname “Say Hey Kid” was that he played stickball with the local kids in Harlem and his his enthusiastic exuberance earning him the nickname, the “Say Hey Kid.”

Great Baseball Play

Willie May made one of the most famous defensive plays in baseball history – and it is among the paintings I did for a short Fox Sports interview.  I painted an image of Willie for an interview conducted by Derick Jeter and Ken Griffy Jr. during an all star game televised on Fox Sports.  The play was Willie running down a mammoth drive to deep center field in Game 1 of the World Series to help the Giants beat the favored Cleveland Indians for the championship.  The painting is also in this short booklet.  If you would like to see the 4 1/2 minute interview it is located on youtube here


Painting of San Francisco Giants Willie Mays swinging a baseball bat and the catcher squatting behind him with the text The Say Hey Kid st the top.

Baseball paintings Willie Mays “The Say Hey Kid” art

Willie Mays Painting

This is about the sixth time I have painted a large scale painting of the great center fielder, Willie Mays, nicknamed The Say Hey Kid”  who played for the old New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants.  He finished his baseball career with the NY Mets. Painting of San Francisco Giants Willie Mays swinging a baseball bat and the catcher squatting behind him with the text The Say Hey Kid st the top. The first I painted Willie was for Fox Sports, a number of years ago.  Willie Mays was interviewed by Derek Jeter and  Ken Griffey Jr. during the 2007 Major League Baseball All Star Game for Fox Sports. If you watch the Willie Mays video on YouTube  or see it below,  you will see three large-scale paintings behind the three great baseball players  in the interview  The two portraits in the
interview are 5 feet by 6 feet and the famous Willie Mays “Catch”  was approximately 3 1/2 feet by 8 feet.   Like the paintings you see above, they were all painted with acrylic and on unstretched canvas.

Willie Mays interview All Star Game

Wille Mays Famous Catch

The famous catch Willie Mays made refers to a great catch he made during game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians at the Polo
Grounds in New York.  It was September 29, 1954.  score was tied 2–2 in the top of the 8th
inning. Vic Wertz was at bat.  The count  to two balls and one strike,  Wertz hits
a ball approximately 420 feet to deep center field. Willie Mays, who was
playing in shallow center field, made an on-the-run, over-the-shoulder catch on
the warning track to make the out. Having caught the ball, he immediately spun
and threw the ball to hold a runner, who was at second, from scoring.  If Willie had not made “The Catch”  the two base runners would have been able to score and the game would have been at 4 to 2 in favor of the Indians.  The play saved the game and the  New York Giants went on to win the game and eventually the World Series in four straight games.
Willie said of the catch, “People talk about that catch and, I’ve said this many times, that I’ve made better catches than that many times in regular season. But of course in my time, you didn’t have a lot of television during the regular season. A lot of people didn’t see me do a lot of
things.”

Some of the more interesting facts about Willie is Mays is that he won two MVP awards and shares the record of most All-Star Games played (24) with Hank Aaron & Stan Musial.   Ted Williams said, “They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.” Mays ended his career with 660 home runs, third at the time of his retirement, and currently fourth all-time. He was a center fielder and won a record-tying 2 Gold Gloves starting the year the award was introduced six seasons into his career.  In 1979 Willie Mays was inducted into MLB Hall of Fame on the first vote

Baseball painting LA Dodgers Pitcher Josh Beckett art

Baseball painting by Sports artist John Robertson of Los Angeles Dodgers No hitter pitcher Josh Beckett as he winds up for a pitch and delivery art.

Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett baseball painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas

Here it is, time for the LA Dodgers post-season play-off, a run toward the World Series and there is no Josh Beckett, who, at 23 received the award as the 2003 World Series MVP while with the Marlins, and with the Red Sox for the win in the 2007 World Series.    –   At 34 this season he pitched a no hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25.

Living in Los Angeles most of my life it would be nice to see the Dodgers, who have not won a World Series since Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda did so in 1988, get a good jump at the series. “I think we’re going to get to the Fall Classic,” Lasorda said, “and then the Big Dodger in the sky can take me away!”  But Beckett won’t be there to help them out with that challenge.

Beckett was one time speaking about his time with the Red Sox and, his winning the World Series. “There are only about 45 guys who have won a World Series (as a  Red Sox) in about 100 years,” he said. “I know they want to win a World Series every year, but it doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen anywhere. I don’t care how much money you spend. I think if you look back I feel very honored I got to win a World Series … because who knows how long it will be again? Shoot, it might be next year, it might be another 100 years. I don’t know.”  For Beckett there may never be another time.

With Beckett it would be such an easier task but the variety of injuries and the time spent in rehabilitation did not make for a nice ending to the season for Beckett.  And it looks like he will be in for surgery again next year with a long time-out.  He has said that this may be his last year playing.  Josh does become a free agent but retirement may be the way he goes.

Becket said,  “As far as the future goes, for next year, I think I’m going to have to think about that and talk to my wife a little bit more……  I think the decision would have been more difficult if health had not been an issue.  The last three years have been just been one thing after another for me. When we do get to the offseason, the decision will be tough, but it still makes it a little easier.”     In a different context but similar circumstances Josh said this about change, “As much as I’m looking forward to the next chapter, I enjoyed the last one. Even during the tough times I met so many people who were just awesome. They were real fans.”

I always liked what Beckett had to say about his pitching and which could apply to almost anything anyone does.  He said, “I think I’ve always been prepared for this. I know what I have to do. You can’t make rocket science out of it. You just have to execute pitches. Don’t let exterior distractions in. It just takes away from what you’re trying to do.”

Josh Beckett’s season and his career may be over.  “Everybody has to make up their own mind.” Beckett says, ” It’s a special place to play. As much as I’m looking forward to the next chapter, I enjoyed the last one. Even during the tough times I met so many people who were just awesome.”

There is always that observation that baseball-is-a-metaphor-for-life.  A young baseball player goes out and plays through his youth and when he gets old enough he tries to make a living at it.  He makes a team.  He has good days and bad days.  He goes home and his wife and children are happy to see him.    When he plays he is part of a team of workers but he has his individual job to do, pitch, strike, hit, catch, etc.  – all of which he does on his own.  There is nobody to help him on those things.  Either he has learned his skills or not.  Yes, his co-workers help him out on some of his skills, but the bottom line is – he is on his own.  Josh Beckett says to others, “… I just tell them, ‘You have to deal with some of this and some of that, but you’re going to get this and get that.”

The Spitter Baseball Pitch Painting

“The Spitter” spitball sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 50″ x 70″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.

A spitball is an illegal pitch in which the ball has been altered by the application of saliva, petroleum jelly, or some other foreign substance. The pitch causes the ball to move atypically due to the altered wind-resistance and weight on one side of the ball. Alternative names for the spitball are spitter, mud ball, shine ball and emery ball, although technically, an emery ball is one where the ball has been abraded in much the same way that the original cut ball had been physically cut. The altering of the ball’s state by the use of artificial substances such as sun block, dirt or degradation by fingernails or other hard substances is illegal tampering.

(information came from Wikipedia)

Jackie Robinson Baseball Sports Art Painting

Jackie Robinson baseball sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 50″ x 70″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.Jackie Robinson quote: “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead”. ~Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson (was the first African American Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball, which had relegated African-Americans to the Negro leagues for six decades.
Apart from his cultural impact, Robinson had an exceptional baseball career. Over ten seasons, he played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers’ 1955 World Championship. He was selected for six consecutive All-Star Games from 1949 to 1954, was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 – the first black player so honored. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams.

Information from Wikipedia

Baseball painting LA Dodgers Catcher A. J. Ellis

AJ Ellis LA Dodgers

Painting of LA Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis.  A.J. Ellis has had a good season catching and a couple of his big highlights is catching for two La Dodgers no hitters thrown – one thrown by Josh Beckett and the other by Clayton Kershaw.  These two events has added a great deal of confidence to a baseball player who wants to and is performing at a high level.  I am not sure if he still does this but when he was in the minor leagues he would watch every game on replay.  What he was doing was looking at the sequences, go through the at-bats, and consider what other things he could have done – maybe differently.  It was a way of re-thinking the games and that may give him insights for future games.  And this makes any pitcher respect his catcher, knowing that his catcher has done all the homework possible to make the right pitching calls.

A J Ellis baseball painting is 48 inches by 48 inches, ink and acrylic on old baseball newsprint attached to canvas.

Clayton Kershaw Throws No-Hitter

Clayton Kershaw LA Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw LA Dodgers 48″ x 48″

Clayton Kershaw pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The painting is 48″ x 48″ ink on paper that is on canvas.

“I guess I really haven’t thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things,” Clayton Kershaw said. “It’s definitely special company. I don’t take for granted the history of this or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, though, it’s right up there with winning playoff games and World Series games and all that stuff. It’s pretty cool.”

Apparently Clayton Kershaw through one of the greatest games in history  .According to Game Score, a metric created by baseball statistic guru Bill James to rank how effective a pitcher was in a game, Kershaw’s 102 was the best ranking a no-hitter has produced and the second-best pitching performance of any kind, trailing only Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout, one-hit, no-walk game in 1998, which earned a Game Score of 105.

Kershaw” no-hit” the Rockies while striking out 15 and not walking a single batter.   It was not a perfect game because of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. But it was one of a kind: the first time in major league history that a pitcher struck out at least 15 without allowing a hit or a walk.  Nolan Ryan managed it in three of his record seven no-hitters, but accompanied them with walks of four, eight and two.

Another Kershaw quote, ‘”You don’t really ever think about doing something like that,” Kershaw said. “You think about winning a World Series or being part of that. As far as individual stuff goes, though, this ranks up there.”

A. J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw’s catcher said. “There’s nobody even close. It’s nights like this that help remind everybody that this guy is a special, once-in-a-generation guy. I’m blown away and blessed that I’ve been asked to catch him during this amazing run he’s on.”

Bob Feller Pitcher Cleveland Indians

Bob Feller Cleveland Indians

Baseball painting of Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller .   The great Cleveland Indians pitcher was an eight time all star, considered the greatest pitcher of his time and one of the greatest of all time.    Bob Feller played from 1936 to 1956 with time off for the war.   As so many have said, ” baseball is a metaphor for life.”   One of Feller’s great quotes addresses that, “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”  The baseball art is(approx 4 ½ feet by 6 feet),  acrylic on unstretched canvas,

Josh Beckett pitches no hitter for LA Dodgers

LA Dodgers Josh Beckett painting art

This is a  painting of Josh Beckett pitcher for the LA Dodgers who  recently pitched a no-hitter – the first for the LA Dodgers in the last 17 years.  Here’s a good quote from Beckett, ““Pitching is pitching. I’ve been doing this since I was eight-years-old, playing in my backyard with my dad. The things that work in Double-A will also work in the majors.”  The painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. 

Sports Art Derek Jeter Baseball Painting

Derek Jeter NY Yankees Baseball Painting

Derek Jeter Joins The 3,000-Hit Club On Saturday July 9th in the afternoon, Derek Jeter became just the second player in MLB history to homer for his 3,000th hit. And no all-star game for him as he says he has”emotional and physical exhaustion” from his pursuit of 3,000 hits.  A quote by him is ;like so many people who are successful.  Sometimes it sounds trite but is true, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.

Baseball art – Painting of Derek Jeter  11” by 14” oil on Drafting Film

Jim Thome designated Hitter Philadelphia Phillies

Jim Thome

Jim Thome

Art Baseball painting Jim Thome designated Hitter Philadelphia Phillies.  Played until the 2012 season,  The 41-year-old slugger was a solid bat off the bench. As I am an older guy it was good to see an old guy still swinging the bat. There is always so much talk about steroids among the baseball hitters so it was refreshing to hear what Thome had to say about it,  “The strongest thing I put into my body is steak and eggs. I just eat. I’m not a supplement guy. Steroids are not even a thought.”

The baseball image of Thome is about 8″ x 10″ on a 11″ x 14″ drafting film. Ink, watercolor and acrylic.

Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball MLB in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base.  One of my favorite quotes of Jackie Robinson: “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.”   – Jackie Robinson

The painting is 12″ x 16″ ink and acrylic on old Sporting News magazines from the 1980’s attached to canvas boards.  Two coats of  a finish protects the surface.  In the background is N.L Box scores, where they play, pitching leaders, and a variety of other information.

Philip Humber Pitcher Chicago White Sox Throws No-Hitter

Phil Humber Chicago white Soxs

Phil Humber Chicago White Soxs

This is a small sports baseball painting of Philip Humber who threw a no-hitter  The no-hitter was thrown against the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012. Humber recorded a perfect game.
There have been 251 official major league no-hitters, including two in the postseason.

Here are a couple of quotes he said about the no-hitter at the time.  “I had never seen a perfect game or no-hitter thrown.” ‘It’s nice to pitch to hitters and have defense behind you. My arm has been 100% for a month or a month and a half.”

The baseball art is a 14” x 17” oil painting on drafting film. The actual baseball player image on the drafting film is about 10” x 14”. What is can of amusing about this painting is that I mispelled Chicago on the jersey.  I thought about changing it but liked the way it came out.

New York Yankees Baseball Player batter painting

New York Yankees batter

New York Yankees batter

The sports painting is that of baseball’s New York Yankee batter swinging  at the pitch.  The painting is ink and acrylic on New York maps and a map of the New York subway.   The painting is ink and acrylic on New York maps and a map of the New York subway  system.  There is also a map of the United States.  The baseball player painting is 50″ x 70″ on unstretched canvas.

Sports art Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies pitcher baseball painting

Sports painting of Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies pitcher won his 200th game against the Miami Marlins. For the last 10 years he has, by a lot of people opinion considered the best active major league pitcher.  The painting by sports artist John Robertson is 8″ x 10″ on a 11″ x 14″ on drafting film painted in oil. 

Baseball Image Sports painting of LA Dodgers right fielder

Baseball Art Painting is of Los Angeles Dodgers rightfielder Andre Ethier fielding a hit. The image is black acrylic on a 30” x 40” gallery wrapped canvas with maps of Los Angeles applied to the surface of the canvas.  Sports art painting is by John Robertson