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Baseball Paintings Jim Bouton Knuckleball Atalanta Braves

Sports artist John Robertson'sBaseball Paintings. Jim Bouton is 5 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Baseball paintings. Jim Bouton pitcher for Atlanta Braved by Sports artist John Robertson is 5 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Baseball painting of Jim Bouton was a pitcher in the major leagues for a number of years playing for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros and ended his career with the Atlanta Braves.  The longer he played in the Major Leagues he was able to extend his playing days developing the knuckleball.  As you see in the painting he is demonstrating how the knuckleball is held in the hand for throwing a pitch.

Jim Bouton who became a really good knucklball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves  wrote the classic baseball book, BALL FOUR.  The painting is  5 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

One of things he is best known for is his memoir of his playing years with the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots and the Houston Astros.  He had played in the 1962 World Series and was in the 1963 MLB All-Star game.

In Jim Bouton’s book “Ball Four” broke baseball’s code of silence where the athletes did not speak about what went on in the background of baseball.  The book is a memoir that described the petty jealousies on the team, as well as camaraderie, raucous tomcatting, game-winning heroics, routine drug use and the pain professional athletes endure.  One of Bouton’s important line in the book: “You spend your life gripping a baseball,” Jim Bouton wrote, “and it turns out that it was the other way around all along.”

Here is one of the the interesting stories from the book “Ball Four”

“I think the big deal was, I said Mickey Mantle had a home run with a hangover. And, you know, it was more of a story about what a great hitter he was, what a great player he was.

“We have been out the night before, having a few drinks, and Mickey came to the clubhouse the next day, and he was a little hung over. So, you know, Ralph Houk said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Sleep it off in the trainer’s room. We’ll put somebody else in center field.’ Anyway, the game goes extra innings. We need a pinch-hitter in the 10th. Somebody went to wake up the Mick. He comes out, put a bat in his hands. He walks up to home plate, takes one practice swing and hits the first pitch into the left field bleachers, a tremendous blast.

“Guys are going nuts. He comes over, crosses home plate. Actually, he missed home plate. We have to send him back for that. He comes over to the dugout, and he looks up in the stands, and he says, those people don’t know how tough that really was. Then after the game, the sportswriter said, ‘Mick, how did you that?’ … And he said, ‘Well, it was very simple. I hit the middle ball.’ ”

 

Painting Pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

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.”

Baseball Art Mariano Rivera NY Yankees Pitcher Baseball Painting

Sports Art painting of Mariano Rivera is 5 feet by 6 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I painted him looking a bit older than he actually is.  Think of it as kind of like a painting where the image gets older but the actual person stays eternally young.  (Somewhat like Dorian Gray without the hedonism.
Mariano was a  pitcher who has played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “Mo”,[1] Rivera has spent most his career as a relief pitcher, and has served as the Yankees’ closer since 1997. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB’s all-time leader in saves (620) and games finished (906). His accolades include five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards.  Sports Artist John Robertson  Thanks Wikipedia for the info.

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.