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.

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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.

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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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 >

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Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is part of the "Chasing Dreams" exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport. His work has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies and The National Pastime Museum.

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