Custom Baseball Art for a Detroit Tigers Fan on Vintage Glove

A Big Tigers Fan Gets Special Baseball Gift

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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.

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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).

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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!".

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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.

Design Notes

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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!

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This Painted Glove has been sold.

Interested in a baseball glove painting? I can create custom glove art.  Just Let Me Know.

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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 >

WVU Exhibit on Negro Leagues Baseball and Latin Culture Opens

The 'Negro Leagues Beisbol Exhibit' arrived at West Virginia University and I had the great honor of having my Minnie Minoso baseball glove artwork included and being there for the Opening Day festivities.

The exhibit depicts the lives of athletes of color during racial segregation in the United States, focusing on African American Baseball and Hispanic Culture 1860-1960. It began a two month-long stay at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The Opening Day event was highlighted by the keynote presentation from Pedro Sierra, a former pitcher in the Negro Baseball Leagues and friend of his fellow Cuban countryman, Minnie Minoso.

Pedro Sierra took a few minutes to tell me stories about his coach with the Washington Senators, Ted Williams.

Pedro Sierra took a few minutes to tell me stories about his coach with the Washington Senators, Ted Williams.

Minnie Minoso is the featured player in the exhibit, which highlights Spanish-speaking players in the Negro Leagues.

Glove art near exhibit entrance

Glove art near exhibit entrance

Minnie Minoso corner

Minnie Minoso corner

With Dr. Robert Waterson, Director of WVU CDCE

With Dr. Robert Waterson, Director of WVU CDCE

Dr. Robert A. Waterson, Director of the West Virginia University Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education within the College of Education and Human Services, brought the exhibit to Morgantown.

A mission of the exhibit is to make available to teachers and their students across West Virginia teaching materials, videos and visits to the exhibit with an aim to keep alive these aspects of history that are challenging and not always convenient to discuss, but necessary for growth and improvement as a society.

Awarding art prize to WV 6th Grader.

Awarding art prize to WV 6th Grader.

As part of the educational component of the exhibition, a state-wide art and essay contest was held for elementary school students to express their thoughts about baseball and civil rights.

I was asked to take part in awarding the winners, including this talented 6th grader, who created a wonderful drawing of Jackie Robinson. I only wish I had a photo of it.

With John Wakelin, friend and contributor to the exhibition

With John Wakelin, friend and contributor to the exhibition

Along with my Minnie Minoso baseball glove art, the exhibit includes important artifacts from my friend and Negro Leagues collector, John Wakelin.

These items include players’ personal letters and photos, memorabilia from Latin American teams, rare cards and game programs which add an important human touch to the exhibit.

 

Note my friend John's shirt, complete with Negro Leagues team logos!

Note my friend John's shirt, complete with Negro Leagues team logos!

Players from WVU's Mountaineers baseball team joined in the festivities and were great fun to talk with and were curious about the artifacts.

And a baseball art road trip wouldn't be complete without seeing some baseball, here provided by the Mountaineers at their scenic stadium. The ballpark is also home to the West Virginia Black Bears, in the Pirates' minor league system.

The weekend was full of opportunities to meet friendly WVU students, staff and administrators and fellow baseball fans.

Big thanks to WVU's CDCE and Dr. Waterson for hosting my visit.

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.

A Career Captured on a Mitt: A Gift for Coop

Glove Art Commissioned as a Surprise Present for Cecil Cooper

Last year a Painted Glove featuring Cecil Cooper was created for the Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp as a fundraising item, which turned out to be a hit.

That baseball glove art prompted camp friends and former Brewers teammates of Coop's to commission a new painting celebrating his impressive baseball career -- this time as a surprise gift for him.

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This gift was given to Cecil Cooper at Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp earlier this month (Feb. 2016) in Arizona.

The glove features depictions of Coop's time on two American League Championship Teams: playing first base with the Boston Red Sox (1971-1976) and up to bat the Brewers (1977-1987).

Centered on the large mitt is the main portrait of him as a Brewer.

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Since Coop is a lefty, I chose an appropriate 80's era Rawlings first base mitt, just like the one he told me he used during his career.

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All the big stats and honors from Cecil Cooper's career are noted, including his Gold Gloves, All-Star games, Silver Sluggers and RBI Leader years.

Also, researching his 2192 career hits, I found that Coop ranked 112th on the All-Time Hits list at the time of his retirement.

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Cecil expressed excitement about the gift from his friends and says it will be displayed proudly at home between his Gold Glove Award and Roberto Clemente Award.

As the artist, it doesn't get much better than knowing that a creation is meaningful to the recipient.

 

 

 

Rob Deer and Camper looking on with Coop.

Rob Deer and Camper looking on with Coop.

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What a thrill to be a part of this gift and to have the opportunity to celebrate Coop's career as a player. Big thanks to David, Bill and Jerry for entrusting me with this commission for their friend.

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Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum along with private and corporate collections across the country.  

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