"I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be and so painted only the ideal aspects of it- pictures in which there are no drunken slatterns or self-centered mothers...only foxy grandpas who played basball with the kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the backyard." - Norman Rockwell
The Norman Rockwell: Sports traveling exhibit is currently on display at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The show, open now through August 14, features original sports-themed artwork by Norman Rockwell, the beloved Illustrator best known for his iconic Saturday Evening Post covers.
Born in 1894 in New York City, Norman Rockwell began studying at the The New York School of Art. His unique talent was recognized as early as age 15 when he painted his first commission of Christmas cards. By age 19, he was hired as art director of Boys' Life, the Boys Scouts of America publication. Rockwell went on to create 321 covers for the Post, each portraying typical American life and values. His covers were so successful that when his art appeared on the cover, 50,000 - 75,000 additional copies of the Saturday Evening Post sold at newsstands. The Saturday Evening Post covers eventually became his greatest legacy.
Rockwell tapped into the nostalgia of a people for a time that was kinder and simpler. His ability to create visual stores that were simultaneously realistic and surreal was quite outstanding. "Norman Rockwell characterized American sports in his earliest work and throughout his career. He caught unique moments in the jubilation of winning or the misery of losing. He portrayed these small moments with his unusual talents, and left a chronicle of sports in his incomparable manner."-Norman Rockwell Museum.
For more information on this exhibit or to learn more about the history behind the world famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat, please visit www.sluggermuseum.org.
Norman Rockwell: Sports is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
Harmon Killebrew died today at the age of 74 after a battle with esophogal cancer. One of the game's greatest power hitters, Killebrew finished his career with 573 career home runs, placing him 11th on the all time list. There are endless stats and facts to support Harmon as one of baseball's all time greatest. But in keeping with our theme from yesterday about heroes and players who win off the field as well as on, here is a link to an article written by Jim Sheridan of Philly's csnphilly.com - Remembering Harmon Killebrew
And here is a link to a tribute by mlb.com.
On and off the field, he will be missed. Rest in peace, Killer.
On May 17, 1970 Hank Aaron became a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in baseball. The 3,000 hit club. In the second game of a double header against the Reds, in his first at bat, Aaron singled off of pitcher Wayne Simpson, becoming the ninth man to reach this milestone. Preceding him in the club were: Cap Anson, Honus Wagner, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Paul Waner and Stan Musial. Aaron finished his career with 3,771 total hits.
There are currently 27 total members of the 3,000 Hit Club. Listed below are the players who hit the 3,000 mark after Hank.
- Willie Mays
- Roberto Clemente
- Al Kaline
- Pete Rose
- Lou Brock
- Carl Yastrzemski
- Rod Carew
- Robin Yount
- George Brett
- Dave Winfield
- Eddie Murray
- Paul Molitor
- Tony Gwynn
- Wade Boggs
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Rickey Henderson
- Rafael Palmeiro
- Craig Biggio
Looking at this list gives you an idea of how exclusive this club really is. Just think about who is missing - Mickey Mantle (2,415), Joe DiMaggio (2,214), Babe Ruth (2,873) and Ted Williams (2,654).
Right now in the major leagues there are a couple of players who have a chance to become members of the 3,000 Hit Club. Derek Jeter is closest with 2,965 hits. After him, Ivan Rodriguez has 2,832, Omar Vizquel has 2,814 and Alex Rodriguez has 2,703.
Who do you think will join this legendary club?
Even if you are not a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, you will surely appreciate this video clip. Moments like these are the reason we look to athletes as heroes. These are the times where we look past the word "athlete" and connect with the person. It reaffirms our love of sport and player and allows us to appreciate not only what they do on the field, but even more so their actions off of the field.
There will be a 5K Run/Walk in Aidan's memory. Please see the informtaion below and visit the facebook page for more information at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/5K-for-Aidan-J/181469641905738
5K Run/Family Walk and Kids Races: Saturday, June 18th, 2011
Aidan was an amazing little boy that was taken from us way too soon. This page is for those who would like to stay in touch with the happenings of the 5K for Aidan J. as well as any other updates in the research of sudden unexplained cardiac death.
5K for Aidan J. Run/Walk and Kids Races
Saturday, June 18th, 2011 from 9am-11:30am
Kerr Park/Struble Trail - Downingtown, PA
The 5K for Aidan J. is to remember our Aidan who loved to play sports, root for his teams (go Phillies!), be silly, entertain people and had so much love for his family & friends. We hope that through this event, we can help raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and contribute to organizations that promote research and advocacy to eliminate SCA in children.
Snapbacks are now in stock across all three leagues - NBA, NFL & NHL!