This beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched catalog documents a distinguished private collection of baseball-related fine art. The book begins with a short essay on the collection as well as an historical overview of the relationship between baseball and the fine arts. The balance of the catalog is devoted to extensive entries describing some twenty-one outstanding examples of painting, prints, sculpture, photography and textiles with baseball themes. This publication should be of considerable interest to art collectors who are also dedicated baseball fans. While not specifically noted in the catalog, most of the objects in the collection are also available for sale.
Arthur D. Hittner is also the author of "Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball's 'Flying Dutchman' " (McFarland, 1996), winner of the Seymour Medal awarded by the Society of American Baseball Research for the best book of baseball history or biography published in 1996, and "Painting the American Scene: American Art of the Thirties and Forties" (Apple Ridge Fine Arts Press, rev, ed., 2011), a catalogue of an extensive private collection of American paintings. Mr. Hittner has also written about fine art subjects for Maine Antique Digest, Fine Art Connoisseur and Antiques & Fine Art and has served as a Trustee of the Danforth Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art.
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