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The Art of Baseball

by Ed Attanasio (writer), San Frickin' Frisco, Baby!, March 18, 2012

Credit: Dan Levenson
See it and experience the Art of Baseball

While covering this art exhibition for several publications over the years, I never imagined that I would have a piece in this highly acclaimed show.

Opening day of baseball season millions join together to root for their home team, to watch, to listen and to experience. Partake in this great American pastime at San Francisco's George Krevsky Gallery’s Art of Baseball: 15th Annual Exhibition featuring 76 drawings, paintings, and sculptures by artists from across the country.

An all-star lineup graces this year’s show. Magical third baseman Brooks Robinson caught everything hit in his general direction during a Hall of Fame career. Babe Ruth's steely stare scared every pitcher from Boston to Chicago where he called his famous shot against the Cubs, in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series; and finally Jackie Robinson's intense concentration helped him wall out an avalanche of hate, from bench jockeys and irate fans while he broke down baseball's color barrier in 1947. And the lineup wouldn’t complete without Yogi Berra blocking the plate back like he owned it, and the artist captured him in his prime playing the game he loved before he became remembered for “Yogi-isms.”

The 15th Annual Exhibition is like a window into Cooperstown. We hope you’ll enjoy the creative imagery of a young man’s game that captures the heart and soul of fans new and old alike. Pitchers and Catchers have reported to Spring Training, and the 46 artists in the show yell “PLAY BALL!

Since I don't consider myself an artist, having a entry in this show is amazing for me. Let me explain.

I started doing these sketches after I had a mini-stroke on August 4, 2009. I couldn't return to my former job as a journalist/ad copywriter because I couldn’t read and I definitely couldn’t write. The therapists said get involved in some type of activity where you’re using your brain. So, I started doing these strange illustrations on post-it-notes, for hours and hours until I embarked on a slow 13-month recovery.

After I would draw one of these things, I'd hang it up somewhere in the house--on a bathroom mirror, on the wall in the den, even on a dog’s forehead. My wife always seemed to enjoy them, but eventually they would migrate down to the refrigerator door and after a while, they'd disappear. Then, about a month ago, my wife gave me a notebook and all of the drawings were there. Wow, it tells a story, a really great story --because I am back to writing as a professional again and these drawings are a map that show how I recuperated ….or maybe digressed, depending on how you look at it!

People that have looked at these don’t sit on the fence about them. They either love them and call them “folk art”, “outsider art” or they stare blankly at them and say, “What the…?” I just love doing them and I am pleased that some friends have inquired about buying prints.

My image in this show is called “Bushers” and the size is 18 inches wide and 15 inches tall. It consists of 48 players I have created in my crazed, jumbled mind. If you're in the San Francisco area from March 24 to April 28, you can check out this great show. For more information, visit their website at:

About the Writer

Ed Attanasio is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Angie Alaniz on March 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Ed do you remember each one of those games in detail?

Because if you do, your wrong about one thing. YOU most certainly are an artist.

I bet you miss that other baseball sports fan that use to be on here who was persuaded to move on.

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By Ed Attanasio on March 20, 2012 at 02:13 pm


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By TonyBerkman on April 27, 2012 at 03:02 pm

I believe Ed is in the process of writing a book about baseball.

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By Angie Alaniz on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

We should have someone on the Broo do his book review.

How about it Ed?

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By Coach Phatty on April 19, 2013 at 09:43 pm

Ahhhh! A Post about baseball....NICE!!

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