Beginning with Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1991, I have been fortunate to be able to merge my love of baseball with my talent for art and design. It was my deep knowledge of the game and its rich history that enabled me to help create the graphics for what would become known as one of the greatest modern baseball stadiums. Over the past twenty- five years I have re-designed the signage for Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, created the logo for the 1993 All-Star Game, illustrated a triptych mural of Negro League legend Buck O’Neill for the Orioles’ Spring Training facility in Sarasota, and my fifteen 7-foot tall drawings of Chicago Cubs legends are a permanent part of the bleacher section of Wrigley Field. I am also the artist behind most of Ebbets Field Flannels’ famed t-shirt apparel line, and my baseball artwork hangs in several private collections.
In 2015 Simon and Schuster published my League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes which I wrote as well as illustrated. The book was very well received, ESPN calling it “the most beautiful baseball book of the summer” and garnering accolades from the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune and MLB.com. My writing, art and research was recognized by the Baseball Reliquary in 2015 when I was named the recipient of the Tony Salin Award for Contributions to Baseball History, the highest honor a baseball writer, historian and researcher can receive, and I’ve been a guest on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” to talk baseball with Peter Simon.
Some may think that it is a coincidence that the same year my murals were hung in Wrigley Field the Cubs broke free of their curse and won the World Series – but I sure don’t!