Dizzy Dean Baseball Glove Artwork Enters Hall of Fame's Permanent Collection

Fine Art Baseball Mitt by Artist Sean Kane Makes the Team at Cooperstown Museum

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Dizzy to Cooperstown

My artwork featuring Hall of Fame pitcher "Dizzy" Dean on a hand-painted, vintage baseball glove is now part of the collection at The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The painting was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame collection by their Acquisitions Committee in early 2019. It was presented to Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson in March.

Sean Kane and Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson, with Dizzy Dean painted glove artwork.

Sean Kane and Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson, with Dizzy Dean painted glove artwork.

Glove as Canvas

The artwork is a painted 1930's era Spalding baseball glove highlighting the eccentric, colorful Hall of Fame pitcher and ace of the St. Louis Cardinals staff from 1930-37. The "Gashouse Gang" won the 1934 World Series during Dizzy's MVP year.

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Hall of Fame Art Collection

The Dean painted glove joins approximately 1700 works of art in The Hall of Fame's collection, which began when the museum was founded in 1936 and includes works by Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol.

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The Hall of Fame acquires "works of art that contribute to the Museum’s mission of preserving history, honoring excellence, and connecting generations."

The painting will be part of the revolving of works on view in the “Art of Baseball” gallery or it will become part of the Dizzy Dean artifacts display, according to the Hall of Fame.

According to the Hall of Fame’s collections director, they have never seen or had another painted glove in the collection.

Dizzy at the Hall

References to Dizzy aren’t hard to find at Cooperstown. Besides the artifact display containing his Cardinals jersey, a photo pin and items from his teammates, even his cowboy hat from his broadcasting days is in the broadcast wing of the Museum.

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A Home Run

I'm incredibly honored to have my art, my interest in the game and its history recognized by the Hall.

If the painting sparks interest in Dizzy, the era he played in or prompts conversations between generations of visitors to the Hall, then that's as good as a home run to me!

Many thanks to the folks at the Hall of Fame, to those who have encouraged and supported me, and those who enjoy the art I make!

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Dizzy was painted in 2016 and has previously been a part of a group exhibit in North Carolina.

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About the Artist

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Sean Kane has been a professional artist for 25 years and began painting baseball-themed works in 2001.

His baseball art has been commissioned by organizations including the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

Sean’s work is in the private collection of several Hall of Fame players, collectors across the U.S. and has been exhibited at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, and the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa.

Raised in the Chicago-area, his studio is now a long fly ball from Toronto.

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Interested in a custom baseball glove painting?  Just Let Me Know.

Hall of Famer Andre Dawson Baseball Glove Painting

“The Hawk” Featured on Rawlings Glove Artwork

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Andre Dawson Portraits on “The Hawk” Glove

Hall of Famer Andre Dawson featured on one-of-a-kind baseball glove art by artist Sean Kane.

• This artwork has been sold •

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Andre depicted as a Chicago Cubs player. He played for the Cubs from 1987 to 1992, and received the 1987 NL MVP award.

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The Hawk depicted at bat for the Montreal Expos. He played for the Expos from 1976 to 1986.

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A custom Rawlings glove model selected by Andre Dawson, just like the one he used during his playing career, was used for the glove painting.

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Glove Art Display

The painting was created with acrylic paints. It shipped with a museum display stand as shown here.

The Hawk finished his career with 438 home runs over 21 seasons and was the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Artist Sean Kane with Andre Dawson

Artist Sean Kane with Andre Dawson

Growing up a Cubs fan, it was truly a pleasure working with Andre to create this special artwork celebrating his Hall of Fame career.

• This Painting has been sold. •

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Interested in a custom baseball glove painting?  Just Let Me Know.

Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art has been exhibited at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, 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 >

Phillies Honor Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Thome with Custom Art

Painting featuring Jim Thome on Game-Used Base

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Jim Thome Baseball Base Art

The Philadelphia Phillies honored slugger Jim Thome during a pre-game ceremony on June 14, presenting him with this one-of-a-kind painting as recognition of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The Phillies sent me a game-used base with a connection to Thome's time on the team for this painting commission.

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The base was on the field as first base when Thome hit his final Phillies home run, a walk-off homer in 2012.

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Creating the Thome Base Artwork

The painting was created with acrylic paints and is 15 x 15 inches. Once the team selected from a variety of designs I presented, work began on preparing and painting the base. This included hand-lettering of text, Phillies logo and portrait painting. Quite a bit bigger than my usual glove art, this one clocked in at 120+ hours.

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Thome signed with the Phillies in 2003. Over parts of four seasons with the team, he hit .260 with 101 home runs, 281 RBI and a .925 OPS.

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Thome finished his career with 612 home runs over 22 seasons and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Work in progress, rotated to get the light to land where I can see what I'm working on.

Work in progress, rotated to get the light to land where I can see what I'm working on.

Baseball Artwork for the Phillies

This is my third painting for the Phillies. Previously I painted catcher "Chooch" Ruiz and a glove for Ryan Howard, which was also presented in an on-field ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.

Back of Thome base with MLB authentication sticker and my back labels.

Back of Thome base with MLB authentication sticker and my back labels.

Thanks to the Phillies for asking me to partner with them to create this special gift and here's to Jim and his family enjoying this keepsake artwork for years to come.

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• This Painting has been sold. •

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Interested in a custom baseball glove painting?  Just Let Me Know.

Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art has been exhibited at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, 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 25 years and a baseball fan since he was old enough to wear his dad's old mitt.  More info >

Astros Jeff Bagwell Featured on Hand-Painted Baseball Glove

Hall of Famer Bagwell Receives Glove Artwork

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I recently had the honor of being asked to create a one-of-a-kind painting as a special gift for 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Bagwell.

One of Bagwell's close friends commissioned this painted glove, which was given to him this week to coincide with his induction festivities in Cooperstown.

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Jeff with his hand-painted baseball glove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rawlings Mitt as Canvas for Bagwell Art

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The painting is on a new Rawlings first base mitt, the Pro JB5 model, named for Bagwell.

The glove was made expressly for this project and has his name stitched on it. (Somewhat reminiscent to the Ryan Howard glove painted for the Phillies last year.)

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Bagwell Painted Glove Design

With a 15-year baseball career full of milestones, a big challenge was deciding how to best use the space on the mitt to organize all of the info necessary to convey Bagwell's MLB achievements.

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Pouring over the graphic elements relating to Bagwell's time with the Astros from 1991 to 2005, I decided the star element and his uniform number 5 -- along with his iconic batting stance that the client requested -- would be the key anchors of the design.

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The Astros color palette of burgundy and black towards the end of Bagwell's career seems to best compliment the glove's black and tan appearance.

Bagwell Batting Portrait

Since the person being depicted is also the recipient of this painting, getting Bagwell's likeness as close as possible was key and the biggest challenge.

(The fabric held in place by masking tape covers areas of the glove I've already painted, keeping those parts protected from sweaty hands and fingers that might (probably!) have paint on them.)

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Even though the portrait is only about the size of my thumb, there's no mistaking which "Killer B" is up to bat.

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The painting is created using acrylic paints and varnishes -- and many fine-tipped brushes.

Hand-Lettered Awards and Stats

The glove is hand-lettered with highlights of Bagwell's many awards, including 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 National League MVP, 4-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and 1994 Player of the Year Award.

I used the Astros uniform font as the basis for my hand-lettered type with some artistic license, including italicizing/tilting it a bit.

A few career statistics totals are listed on the thumb side of the glove: Batting average .297, Hits 2,314, Home Runs 449, RBI 1,529 and Fielding .993 .

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Recognizing Bagwell's close relationship with Darryl Kile, the client requested that the design include a reference to the "DK 57" memorial patch that was worn on uniforms upon Kile's death in 2002.

Design Details on Bagwell Baseball Glove Art

While not a member of the Astros during the prime 'Tequila Sunrise' uniform days (more about this at Uni-watch.com -- external link), the iconic red/orange/yellow rainbow is so linked to the visual identity of the Houston franchise, I wanted to be sure to reference it on the painting -- especially as Bagwell played his entire career with the team.

Bagwell is synonymous with wearing number 5 in Houston and the Astros retired his number in 2007. Taking design cues from the glove's design, the web lends itself ideally as placement for a number 5.

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A reference to the Astros 2005 NL Championship and Bagwell's appearance in the World Series is placed in the webbing as well.

Lastly, once painted and a light matte finish is applied to protect the work, the first base mitt is displayed on a museum stand.

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Hopefully this artwork will be a cherished keepsake enjoyed by Jeff and his family for many years to come!

This Glove art is sold.

It's among nearly two-dozen painted gloves created over the years that have been collected into this portfolio book, "Sean Kane Baseball Art", Available HERE.

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Commissioning Custom Glove Art

If you'd like to learn more about commissioning a custom painted glove for yourself or as a gift, you can learn more here and contact me for more information.

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 clients include the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp.

Sean's glove paintings have been featured on ESPN.com, NBC Sports.com, and MLB Network Radio and have recognized 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.

Baseball Glove Art featuring Dizzy Dean

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Painting of Hall of Fame Pitcher Dizzy Dean on Vintage Glove

Sean Kane's painting of Dizzy Dean, a member of the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship team:

  • Original acrylic painting on classic leather baseball glove by Sean Kane

  • 1930's Spalding Glove is approximately 11"w x 10.5"h

  • Hand-painted portrait and lettering highlights Dean's awards and career milestones

This Painting is Not Available

For questions about purchasing a painted glove, custom orders, etc., I'd be happy to talk with you. Please phone 519-836-5647 or email sean@seankane.com

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Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean was part of the Cardinals "Gashouse Gang" in 1934.

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Dean won 30 games in 1934 en route to the World Series Championship. He was the National League MVP that year, also scooping up an All-Star nomination while leading the league in strikeouts.

Dizzy Dean played for the Cardinals before being traded to the Chicago Cubs for the 1938 season. He appeared briefly for the St. Louis Browns in 1947.

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Back of Dizzy Dean artwork Spalding glove

Back of Dizzy Dean artwork Spalding glove

Dizzy was a headliner with Satchel Paige for barnstorming tours of games played around the country during the Great Depression.

Dean was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 and was a broadcaster for several teams after his playing days.

 

 

 

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Sean Kane's baseball glove art has been featured on NBC Sports.com, ESPN.com, MLB Network Radio, and is in the collection of the 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.

Inquires about paintings and commissioning glove artworks are welcome. Please contact sean@seankane.com or telephone 519-836-5647.

Kansas City Baseball Icon Buck O'Neil

O'Neil Featured on Custom Baseball Glove Painting

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Vintage 1940s firstbase mitt becomes canvas for painting highlighting career of Buck O'Neil.

Buck O'Neil was a Negro Leagues first baseman and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs from 1938 to 1956. He was the first black coach in Major League Baseball, joining the Chicago Cubs in 1962. Later he was a scout for the Kansas City Royals.

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This painting of an elder Buck O'Neil was created for the offices of KC architecture firm Pendulum Studio, specializing in baseball stadium design.

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Buck O'Neil was a founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and became known for retelling stories from that era in Ken Burns' documentary, "Baseball."

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O'Neil was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Baseball Hall of Fame has recognized his impact on the game with a Lifetime Achievement Award named in his honor.

The baseball glove painting of Buck O'Neil is custom-framed in a diamond shape, a reference to the logo of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This is a deep shadow box-style, wood frame with gold highlights on a cloth mat.

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Of all the quotes I've painted on gloves, Buck's may be my favorite; "You Got to Give People Love."

For a special item displaying your affection for a local sports legend -- For a public office space or civic museum, corporate gifts or something for yourself -- I specialize in creating keepsakes that will spark memories of the game and engage viewers. Contact me to discuss the possibilities.

Researching Gloves and More at the Baseball Hall of Fame

A photo recap of Beautiful Cooperstown and a few of the Game's Treasures

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In Cooperstown for the first time, on a beautiful early-Fall weekend, I was able to get a firsthand look at gloves and mitts worn by many of the game's greats.

Satchell statue, Gehrig's glove, Ty Cobb's shoes, and looks like they've been painting baseball equipment since the 1850s!

Satchell statue, Gehrig's glove, Ty Cobb's shoes, and looks like they've been painting baseball equipment since the 1850s!

Searching books and online just doesn't compare to seeing items in person, especially when I'm looking to accurately depict uniforms and shoes, etc.

Ruth's glove, McGraw's Giants uniform, Lakeside Cooperstown, Bob Gibson's glove (which, interestingly, is a Carl Yastrzemski model glove!).

Ruth's glove, McGraw's Giants uniform, Lakeside Cooperstown, Bob Gibson's glove (which, interestingly, is a Carl Yastrzemski model glove!).

Also, being able to know what glove a player used helps me to more accurately know which type I should look for when it comes time to portray that player on a glove.

Pirates '79 hat, Willie Mays' glove he made 'The Catch' with, Brooks Robinson glove, and a blast from my past -- pinwheel from old Comiskey Park scoreboard.

Pirates '79 hat, Willie Mays' glove he made 'The Catch' with, Brooks Robinson glove, and a blast from my past -- pinwheel from old Comiskey Park scoreboard.

While at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, I also had the good fortune to also meet a group of new friends, Roberto Clemente enthusiasts from around the country gathering for an event featuring former Mets' pitcher and Rookie of the Year, Jon Matlack.

Shop selling gloves, Al Simmons' hat, Aparicio's '70 uniform, and the glove Yogi Berra used to catch Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series, which looks like it had a few trips to the seamstress during the season.

Shop selling gloves, Al Simmons' hat, Aparicio's '70 uniform, and the glove Yogi Berra used to catch Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series, which looks like it had a few trips to the seamstress during the season.

Will look forward to future trips to Cooperstown and researching the game!