A Big Tigers Fan Gets Special Baseball Gift
I was asked to create this one-of-a-kind baseball glove painting for a Detroit Tigers fan.
The artwork includes portraits of four favorite players, the Tigers famous old english "D" logo, mentions of their championship years, a custom logo for the recipient's family and a 1984 World Series ball.
The painting is on a vintage glove just like Chet Lemon (the recipient's favorite player!) used during his career with the Tigers and Chicago White Sox in the 1970's and 80s.
The four player portraits include Chet Lemon, Ty Cobb, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander (who was traded after the painting was delivered).
The banners include references to the Tigers World Series championships and to their Hall of Fame announcer, Ernie Harwell, and his famous home run call, "It's Long Gone!".
The gift commemorates the recipient's family's first game at Comerica Park and I created a custom logo for the occasion with interlocking family initials.
Finally, the icing on the cake is the 1984 World Series baseball, placed in the web of the glove. The '84 team was a big part of the recipient's youth and it also incorporates another aspect of Chet Lemon's career.
This is among the busiest designs I've created for a baseball glove painting, but is also one of the most personal creations. It's an honor knowing that it will be enjoyed by an avid Tigers fan.
A big thanks to the family that commissioned me to create this!
Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art has been exhibited at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and has been the subject of a solo gallery show in New York City, 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.
Sean has been a professional artist for over 20 years and a baseball fan since he was old enough to wear his dad's old mitt. More info >