Sketches of Spring


The New York Times today, in their Sunday Op-Art feature, recalls Spring Training circa 1962, with a wonderful slide show of drawings by the illustrator Robert Weaver. Weaver’s simple black and white sketches are spare, articulate, and beautiful, even if they mostly feature the hated Yankees. With a few lines he catches the subtle details of baseball and its personalities. Worth a click.

3 comments… add one
  • Beautiful work. So much baseball art is shlocky kitsch, but these drawings have a real force, and capture their subjects in a way that’s honest and generous without being saccharine. The bifurcated image of fans sitting above players in a dugout is a masterpiece.

    YF February 24, 2008, 11:56 am
  • I love the one of “Curt Schilling” stretching, with a lone player in the distance. Though the page is mostly white, you can almost smell the grass.

    SF February 24, 2008, 12:03 pm
  • Not EVERY player who wears 38 is Curt Schilling.

    AndrewYF February 24, 2008, 3:44 pm

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