This is one man's Dream... come true. A private collector, historian and baseball enthusiast commissioned this 84 x 72 inch canvas as his personal tribute to the game he loves.
It is not a definitive BEST of all time, just HIS favourite players and memories, from a lifetime of following America's national game, here brought to life in one magical moment.
The moment is July 6th 1933. The place is Comiskey Park in Chicago. The site and time of the first ever All Star Game, then known as the "Midsummer Classic."
Distilled into this fictional moment are some of the greatest players to have ever graced the field.
These greats are gathered around the dugout at Comiskey Park in 1933. The stadium has been faithfully reproduced as it was back then.
Bottom left: Mantle, Griffey Jr., Mays and Schmidt gather in the foreground to swap stories.
In the dug out (centre) are the heroes of 1941. Joe DiMaggio finally helps Ted Williams take his hat off to the fans!
Honus Wagner smirks stares down Ty Cobb after giving him a fat lip (on behalf of many players from his era). He famously dipped his shoulder as Ty slid into base with spikes up, giving Ty a bloodied lip. In the dugout (at right) Yogi Berra, Stan Musial and Cy Young see the humour in this!
Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente lend support to a tired looking Jackie Robinson, reassuring him that the burden he carried for so many, and the ground that he broke, is both acknowledged and appreciated.
Sitting on the dugout roof, Sandy Koufax nurses an iced left elbow with Greg Maddux and Christy Mathewson. Two express pitchers, Walter "The Big Train" Johnson and Nolan "the Ryan Express" Ryan shake hands on the dug out roof. Just below them in the background seats are myself and the collector deep in discussion about what lies in front of us.
Famous photographer of the early 1900's Charles Conlan comes down the steps to set up for a formal portrait. He is giving me a cold stare as I have snuck in early to capture the elite group in an informal moment as they await his arrival.
The original painting took 3 years to conceive, paint and deliver across the world, from The Artist Jamie Cooper's studio in Melbourne, Australia to it's home in the mountain tops south of San Francisco.
Original artwork. Oil on Canvas 7ft x 6ft. Private collection. California U.S.A
Print Size: 26 Inches x 31 Inches
Shipping: Prints ship via AUS Post typically a 7-10 day delivery window
*Does Not Come Framed*