Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dick Perez Paintings of Dodger Hall of Famers at Legendary Auctions

For a couple of years now, Legendary Auctions has been selling original paintings created by famed Baseball artist Dick Perez.  He had previously released a book featuring his newest works entitled, "Immortals Collection," and made the paintings he used for it available for auction.  Below are some of the Brooklyn Dodger paintings available in Legendary's newest auction.

Rube Marquard was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1971.  He was a standout pitcher for the New York Giants for eight years, but did spend six years of his career in Blue.  Per the auction description:
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Purchased in 1908 for the then-unprecedented sum, Rube Marquard struggled miserably in his first two seasons with the Giants until mentor Wilbert Robinson joined the coaching staff. Then Marquard embarked on a stellar three-year run where he averaged almost 25 wins (including his extraordinary record of 19 straight in 1912) en route to a trio of N.L. pennants. Toast of the town, he also starred in the silent movie Rube Marquard Wins and performed on stage nationwide with vaudeville leading lady Blossom Seeley in a popular song-and-dance show. (Seeley scandalously left her husband to marry Rube and they had a child together in 1913.)

Following Robinson to the eponymously named Brooklyn Robins, Marquard donned this iconic plaid uniform style during his renaissance years of 1916 and 1917—when he won a combined 32 games and played in his fourth of five World Series over an eventual 18-year career. Alone on the dugout steps, eyes trained on the admiring viewer, one could hardly imagine a more classic depiction of the Hall of Famer's matinee-idol looks, mischievous grin, and confident swagger.
Dazzy Vance spent twelve of his sixteen Major League years as a Brooklyn Robin.  He won 190 games for us from 1922 to 1932, and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1955.  Vance is noted for being a late bloomer.  Per the auction description:
Dazzy Vance's life was fit for the silver screen. Nicknamed for his dazzling fastball, Vance toiled in the minors for nearly a decade, then discovered a long-hidden arm ailment thanks to a fluke poker-game injury, and subsequently parlayed his recovery into meteoric major-league success!

In his third season with Brooklyn, the 33-year-old drank from the fountain of youth to capture the 1924 Major League Triple Crown with 28 wins, 262 strikeouts and a 2.16 ERA—taking home the N.L. MVP to boot. Vance also holds the distinction of being the only National Leaguer ever to lead the circuit in strikeouts for seven straight seasons (1922-1928). What's more, he had a no-hitter, an immaculate inning, a 15-strikeout game, and a 15-game win streak to his credit. Then, of course, there were his off-field hijinks as the fun-loving ringleader of the "Daffiness Boys"—along with cohorts Babe Herman and Chick Fewster.
Why the Dodgers have not retired his number (#15) I will never understand.  I get that he (and the Dodgers for that matter) had only worn a number for one year while he was a Dodger, but why deny the Hall of Famer who spent most of his career in Brooklyn the honor. 
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Roy Campanella needs no introduction.  He was one of the best.

Here is what artist Dick Perez said about the legend, via the auction description:
Dick Perez on "Roy Campanella - 'Campy'": "I always believed that any professional athlete to be good you have to have a little boy in you." Roy Campanella, one of the Boys of Summer, spoke these words during his induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. Although he never wanted to be considered a pioneer, Campanella was the 6th African-American player to make an appearance as a Major Leaguer in the 20th century in 1948. Like Jackie Robinson, he was a product of the Negro Leagues where he became a first-string catcher at the age of 16.
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