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Ballpark Extras: The Art of Baseball and Minimalist Ballparks

With this baseball season in full swing, I thought I would finally make a post about art. Yes… art. More specifically, baseball art. Aside from collecting baseball caps from each ballpark, I also possess a small collection of various art pieces having to do with baseball. Like many kids growing up, I had those awesome posters of certain players growing up for both baseball and basketball. The first major art piece I hung in my old room is the five Dodgers who won consecutive Rookie of the Year awards from 1992 to 1996 with an image of Jackie Robinson in the foreground. The reason for that was Jack Roosevelt Robinson won the inaugural RoY award, and now that very award is named after Jackie. Oh, Robinson will figure into this post a little later.

Nowadays, my baseball art consists of actual works that isn’t just a picture of an athlete, but more reflecting my travels, my memories… something that actually means something to me. This post is mostly about a good artist friend of mine who goes by “S. Preston,” although most people call him Preston (I call him Mike). I first stumbled onto his site because he made awesome hockey wallpapers of all things! Working for the Ontario Reign (which is an affiliate of the Kings), I wanted a Kings style background for my phone. But the more I delved into his website, I saw this unbelievable art work that I knew I had to have on my wall. It was a piece depicting ALL thirty ballparks which is called his “Minimalist MLB Ballparks,” a masterpiece that hangs above my desk so I get to see it whenever I’m working on something… like this blog post. I went for the gusto and purchased the biggest size on the website because, I either had to go big or go home…

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