Philadelphia Star Honored with Painted Glove
I had the great pleasure of being commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies to create a one-of-a-kind painting for their first baseman, Ryan Howard.
And I had the opportunity to be in attendance and announced as creator of the glove art when it was presented to Howard during a special pregame ceremony before the season finale on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Above: Video of glove presentation. (If not, can be viewed at this link.)
Glove art for Howard shown on the Phillies "Phana-vision" scoreboard.
The painting is on a new Rawlings first base mitt. The glove was sent to me by Rawlings, made expressly for this project. It is the model Howard that uses and has his name stitched on the back side.
Through the back and forth of the sketch and design process with the team, it was decided to depict Howard in his signature pointing poise, known by Phillies fans as his gesture upon crossing the plate after a home run.
Besides the portrait of Howard, the glove is hand-lettered with highlights of his many awards, including Rookie of the Year, MVP, NLCS MVP, 3-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award.
Howard has been with the organization since being drafted in 2001 and was a "Big Piece" of the Phillies' 2008 World Championship and 2009 NL Championship teams.
A Big Thanks to the Phillies front office for this opportunity (as well as creation of a special glove presented to recently traded catcher Carlos Ruiz).
As an aside, Ryan has actually seen one of my gloves before.
At the 2014 Richie Ashburn - Harry Kalas Foundation's dinner event, he signed the glove I was commissioned to create as a fundraising item for the event. (Notice, while he throws with his left hand, he writes with his right. Not very common.)
Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art is in the permanent collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, The National Pastime Museum and is in private collections across the U.S.
His glove paintings have been featured on ESPN.com, NBC Sports.com, and MLB Network Radio and he was recognized as "Artist of the Month" earlier this year by the National Art Museum of Sport.
Sean has been a professional artist for over 20 years and a baseball fan since he was old enough to wear his dad's childhood mitt, a Richie Ashburn model.