Current projects for Sports Artist John Robertson - Paintings for Atlanta Braves Stadium opened March 2017 and Green Bay Packers re-model opening July 2017. Created Sports Art for Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49er's, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Net, Prudential Sports Arena (New Jersey Nets New Jersey Devils), the Amway Sports Arena Orlando Magic, etc
Baseball painting Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop "The Flying Dutchman"
Painting of MLB Baseball player Honus Wagner Shortstop
Pittsburgh Pirates is approximately 54” by 68” acrylic on unstretched canvas. To view paintings for sale please visit: John Robertson Sports Paintings for sale.
The Pittsburgh Pirates' Honus Wagner, a dead-ball era
baseball player who is widely considered to be one of the best players of all
time. One of the Hall of Fame's five original inductees in 1936, Honus Wagner
combined rare offensive and defensive excellence throughout a 21-year career
from 1897 to 1917.
One of my favorite stories about Honus Wagner was told by Burleigh
Grimes in The Quotable Baseball Fanatic (2004)
"One day he was batting against a young pitcher who had just come
into the league. The catcher was a kid, too. A rookie battery. The pitcher
threw Honus a curveball, and he swung at it and missed and fell down on one
knee. Looked helpless as a robin. I was kind of surprised, but the guy sitting
next to me on the bench poked me in the ribs and said, 'Watch this next one.'
Those kids figured they had the old man's weaknesses, you see, and served him
up the same dish-as he knew they would. Well, Honus hit a line drive so hard
the fence in left field went back and forth for five minutes."
Honus played shortstop and won eight batting titles, tied
for the most in National League history, led the league in slugging six times. He said, “I don't make speeches. I let my bat
speak for me in the summertime.” He led in stolen bases five times. Wagner was
nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman" because he could run the bases so
fast – and that he was German.
Most people know that the Honus Wagner baseball card is one
of the most valuable sports card around. The reason it is so valuable is
because it was recalled in 1909 and all were destroyed except for a few that
got into circulation. At the time, the cards were distributed along with
tobacco. Wagner didn’t smoke and he
didn’t like to being included in the tobacco promotion because he did not want
to set a bad example for children.
Honus Wagner’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech June 12, 1939. Cooperstown,
NY.“Ladies and gentlemen, I was born 1874, and this organization
was started was 1876. When I was just a kid I said, “ I hope some day I’ll be
up there playing in this league.” And by chance I did. Now Connie Mack the
gentleman that preceeded me here at the mike, I remember walking fourteen miles
just to see him play ball for Pittsburgh.
(crowd laughs) Walking and running, or hitchhiking a ride on a buggy, them days
we had no automobile. I certainly am pleased to be here in Cooperstown
today, and this is just a wonderful little city, or town, or village or whaever
we’d call it. It puts me in mind of Sleepy Hollow. (crowd laughs) However I
want to thank you for being able to come here today.”