Tuesday, May 3, 2011

In The News-Baseball Art Exhibit

Baseball Art Exhibit in Indianapolis

In honor of 125 consecutive years of professional baseball in Indianapolis, the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) is placing more than forty-five original works of art on display at its home in the Circle City. Included are works by John Groth, Ray Ellis, Dan Edwards, and cartoonist Willard Mullin, named the Sports Cartoonist of the Century by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS). The exhibit begins Friday, May 6, 2011, and runs through the end of the Indianapolis Indians' baseball season, until Wednesday, October 5, 2011. The museum, founded in 1959, is located at 850 West Michigan Street, just west of downtown, and is free and open to the public. You can read more about NAMOS and its exhibit at the museum's website. You can also read a press release at the official website of Minor League Baseball. As for Willard Mullin, see the Willard Mullin Website created by illustrator Bob Staake, here.

Sports cartoonist Willard Mullin (1902-1978) is among the artists whose work is on display at the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) in Indianapolis, May 6-Oct. 5, 2011. Here's a cartoon by Mullin showing sluggers Babe Ruth and Hank Greenberg. My dad tells me that his father saw Babe Ruth and a group of barnstorming players in an exhibition game at University Park in Indianapolis, probably in the late 1910s or early 1920s. The building housing the art exhibit is probably not far from the site of that game. It could even be on the same spot. And so the circle closes.
Text copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

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