The Richie Ashburn - Harry Kalas Foundation commissioned a custom painted glove as a fundraising item for their annual benefit dinner in Philadelphia last week (May 12, 2014).
A special vintage glove with a hand-painted rendition of the Foundation's handsome logo was created for the event, leaving plenty of space for player autographs.
Past and present Phillies signed the glove just before dinner was served, including Hall of Famer and Manager Ryne Sandberg and All-Star Ryan Howard (pictured above and below), Larry Bowa, Kyle Kendrick, Cody Asche, Gary 'The Sarge' Matthews, Ruben Amaro Sr., and Larry Anderson.
The 1940s Wilson glove became a one-of-a-kind keepsake for one lucky bidder during the evening's live auction.
Named after the Hall of Fame player and the Hall of Fame broadcaster, the Ashburn-Kalas Foundation provides free baseball camps for over 1,000 youths in the Philadelphia-area each summer.
A big thanks to the Ashburn-Kalas Foundation for asking me to create this custom artwork and for the opportunity to be a part of the event.
And this was an especially significant project for me. My first and favorite glove as a boy, the one that planted the seed for a love of classic gloves, was my dad's old childhood glove -- a Richie Asburn signature model. Incredible how life moments can come full circle sometimes.