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Mark McGuire on his knees with head bent down charcoal drawing by artist John Robertson

Mark McGwire Charcoal Drawing Sports Art

Mark McGwire: Runs, Hits, a Few Errors

As you may know the great hitter Mark McGwire and was the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach is now the bench coach for the San Diego Padres.Mark McGuire on his knees with head bent down charcoal drawing by artist John Robertson

I certainly hate to have my past follow me round and try to forget about it as much as I can.  But I don’t have any great influence over others outcome in life.  So what is still important in  McGwire’s past history is his time with performance-enhancing drugs – and with that  needs to tell the players is the difference between human growth hormones (HGH), bovine growth hormone (bGH) and no hormones – and it has nothing to do with utters. He needs to continue to tell the players some side effects of steroids are reversible but other effects are never changed in the minds of the public.

Mark McGwire Moves On

By admitting he took steroids and bGH Mark McGwire inflated his statistics and his body. In 1996 McGwire hit 50 home runs with 390 official times at bat – every 7.8 times he was at the plate. Babe Ruth did that eating candy bars and “light drink.” When listening to McGwire’s infamous performance before House Government Reform Committee in March 2005 there were short pauses while viewers smothered their faces with laughter. McGwire didn’t hit 135 home runs in two years on bonbons. On Mark McGwire’s Charity web site you can see that he is making great contributions to society.  And for sports in general I imagine he is making a strong contribution against the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Made in Nature

Originally the baseball was made so you couldn’t hit it easily, high, or far, so 60 home runs a season hitters are usually pituitary freaks. But we want our players to be made by nature not in the lab. Remember when baseball players were small? (For example: PeeWee Reese). Joe DIMaggio was only 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 193 pounds. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? There is a generation out there that thinks DiMaggio invented the coffee maker.

Like Joe DiMaggio, Mark McGwire is only a symbol – of what things were what things are and what things will be. I guess we, as fans, get what we deserve. But what I prefer to see the “Mark McGwire’s of the world helping the new players overcome their need for enhancers.

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor on wood drawn in Charcoal

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18" x 24".
A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18″ x 24″.

These charcoal drawings of Tango Dancers are on wood panel 18″ x 24″ and was drawn for a solo exhibition of Tango drawings at Gallery 381 in San Pedro CA.  There were approximately 20 tango dancer charcoal drawings in the show – mostly on paper..  The fun part of doing this show was invitation to come down to San Pedro to take Tango lessons and photograph the tango dancers.   I clopped round the dance floor as if I had horse shoes on – stepping on a number of toes.

When I was in high school I certainly had the ability to play a sport for the school. There were two reasons why I did not play an organized sport.  One of the main reasons I did not play sports was that I did not like the body contact with other guys.  Although a very good athlete I was not into that whole male bonding, jock, locker room kind of thing that  athletes had going.  I certainly had more interest in body contact with girls and preferred to be up in the stands next to my girlfriend.  I had no interest in being down on the football field piling onto the top of other guys or on a basketball court banging into other guys.  If I was going to be in the gym I preferred dancing with a girl in my arms. If I was going to be on top of someone it certainly was not going to be a group of guys. My interest was more towards being on top of my girlfriend, That just seemed to make more sense to me.

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18" x 24".
A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18″ x 24″.

And the second reason I didn’t play high school sports was that my grades didn’t allow for it.  One had to have a C average.  I didn’t even have a D average.  To give you an idea of how bad a student I was – our high school class had eight-hundred-and-thirty-seven students in it.  I was ranked eight-hundred-and-thirty-five. There were eight-hundred-and-thirty-four students that had better grades than me.   There were only two students that had worse grades than me – and those two were by friends.   Good friends.  I didn’t make the cut.  I didn’t graduate,

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18″ x 24″.I do not have many paintings in my studio available for sale,  If you are interested in a painting of a specific subject matter please do not hesitate to contact me for consultation.  I do many commissions for individual clients.  Please contact me through the aboutme/contact page for any questions or thoughts that you may have.