30th Anniversary '87 Team Celebrated on Art at Brewers Fantasy Camp 2017
The latest Brewers Fantasy Camp featured art I created which focused on the legendary 1987 Milwaukee Brewers, who began their season with a 13-game winning streak.
"Team Streak", as they became known, is probably one of my most ambitious glove art paintings so far.
Incorporated in the design are five players key to the excitement of the 1987 Brewers:
Paul Molitor had a 39-game hit streak that season and is depicted coming out of the batters box after his hit in the last game of his streak.
Juan Nieves is depicted throwing the Brewers first no-hitter, a game caught by Bill Schroeder.
Teddy Higuera threw 32 consecutive scoreless innings in 1987.
Dale Sveum had the game winning home run on Easter Sunday, keeping the Brewers winning streak alive.
And Rob Deer led the way on the Sports Illustrated cover story about the hot Milwaukee team. The image of him on the cover of SI was the basis for my portrait of him.
Being a painting about a team, it seemed natural that the whole team should be represented. All player names from the '87 Brewers roster plus manager Tom Trebelhorn are included in the design.
The catcher's mitt is a pro model 1980s Rawlings, matching the era of the team depicted. While not the exact style used by Bill Schroeder the night he caught the Nieves no-hitter, the mitt did make for an ideal canvas for this painting
Speaking of canvas, getting in close to capture all the pinstripes and portrait details, I relented and wore a jewelers magnifier. Getting this one completed was definitely a workout for the eyes and looked completely ridiculous, too!
This glove art was part of the fundraising efforts of Brewers Fantasy Camp. The raffle for the "Team Streak" art raised money for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight of Wisconsin.
The winner of the framed painted glove was Fantasy Camper Scott F., who says he already knows exactly where it's going to hang in his home.
While not raised as a native Brewers fan, it's hard not to root for such a great group of guys and the opportunity to share my work with them in the desert the past few winters.
Big thanks to Brewers TV analyst and fantasy camp organizer Bill Schroeder, ace photographer Rick Ramirez and the Brewers camp staff and former players for welcoming me back to Phoenix for the third year in a row.
Sean Kane's baseball glove art has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies, is in the collection of The National Pastime Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and private collections across the country. Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport.