Play Ball: The Art of Baseball

Perhaps you look at the sport differently but I love exploring the art of baseball. I did play high level baseball but now I appreciate more looking at ballpark dimensions and lines, the artistry of players, and more.

Play Ball: The Art of Baseball

Baseball public art in Chattanooga Tennessee
“Play Ball”—public art in Chattanooga Tennessee

I was very impressed with the public art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, especially of this baseball display.

Willie Mays statue in San Francisco
Willie Mays statue in San Francisco

Most major league baseball stadiums now have at least one statue outside. I should probably fact check that statement. Any baseball stadium experts want to confirm or deny?

Anyway, Giants Stadium, in San Francisco, has these two great statues of Willie Mays and Juan Marichal.

Juan Marichal statue in San Francisco
Juan Marichal statue in San Francisco

Should you wonder if Juan Marichal really had such a high leg kick, it is confirmed in the following pitching sequence artwork I found in The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Juan Marichal piece in National Portrait Gallery
Juan Marichal piece in National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

I found this silly face outside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

statue outside Toronto stadium
statue outside Toronto stadium

Perhaps at first glance this great face does not appear to be related to baseball. It is part of a larger art installation dedicated to sports fans.

Was Frank Lloyd Wright a baseball fan? During a tour of Fallingwater, I was intrigued by the shape of the outside lights. What do you think? Yes or No?

light at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
light at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

This baseball bat at the entrance to the Louisville Slugger Museum is 120 feet tall. It looks like wood but is made of steel.

world's largest baseball bat, Louisville Kentucky
world’s largest baseball bat, Louisville, Kentucky

Not all baseball statues are of uber-famous players. I stumbled upon this statue on a road trip through the Maryland Eastern Shore region.

statue of Swish Nicholson in Chestertown Maryland
statue of Swish Nicholson in Chestertown, Maryland

My final picture is from the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, SC. I liked how the museum incorporated the baseball into the museum logo. Very artsy.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville SC
Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina

There is so much art in baseball and I have barely scratched the surface.

Do you have a favorite baseball team?

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2 thoughts on “Play Ball: The Art of Baseball”

  1. Although my favorite team is the Boston Red Sox, back in the 70’s the Pittsburgh Pirates were right up there with them. Thus, I love the statues of Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell there.

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