Monday, July 23, 2012
1927 Yankees Catching Squad
First off, thank you to everyone who sent me notes about my Mom's passing, your kind works meant a lot to me.
In place of a new card and story this week, I thought I'd show a small part of a larger project I have been working on lately. For a while I have been toying with the idea of picturing a whole ball club, not in a team picture type of situation but in a long vertical formal, casually standing around. The idea came to me when I was thinking of something to do for an art show sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. I thought about doing a large size full team picture of the 1940 team. Unfortunately I got side-tracked by other work and didn't get a chance to get started on it. When I finally started kicking around the idea again I decided on the famed 1927 New York Yankees.
Now, those of you who know me know that I am the furthest thing from a Yankee fan. However, the 1927 team is interesting for a few reasons, the first being that it is well documented with photographs. This is of note because i want to show every player, trainer and batboy, as well as the owners. I figure there will be something like 25 ballplayers and about 8 non-players in the competed drawing. As you can see from the 3 catchers above, I plan on drawing all the men in casual poses, almost like they were captured warming up before a game in 1927. Being as interested in vintage graphic design and advertising as I am in baseball history, lining all the guys up against a background of outfield wall featuring old colorful advertising was a bonus and will be fun to do.
As I complete more sections of the drawing I will post them, no telling how long it will take, but it should be an interesting project!