One of the best things about America's Pastime is that it's steeped in such rich history and tradition, from notorious characters like Dizzy Dean and Kenesaw Mountain Landis, to other notables whose names actually don't sound made up. Turning that history and tradition into art, Every Hall of Famer.
The ambitious brainchild of a female who digs "baseball and drawing pictures", EHOF's a nascent, still-in-its-Oscar Tejeda-stage Tumblr blog that'll eventually showcase clever pen 'n ink drawings (replete w/ relevant stats, fun facts, and witty charts/graphs/commentary) of all 295 players inducted into Cooperstown -- but not Cougar Town, as that's just full of old bats. Choice HOFers who passed through the Hub include Jimmy Collins, whose "scoop like that of a chicken hawk" led to 2,372 putouts at 3B; Hugh Duffy, a .324 career-hitting Beaneater whose diminutive stature led to him being told by the owner upon signing that the team "already had a batboy"; and Albert Goodwill Spalding, who, in 1877, became the first prominent player to wear a baseball glove while playing with the Red Stockings (a tight knit team that could really run). Other highlights include former Providence Gray Charles Radbourne, now regarded as the first public figure ever to flip off a camera; and George Wright, who in 59 games in 1873 scored 99 runs while committing a whopping 79 errors, though, to be fair, most of them were simple misuses of "there" vs "their".
While EHOF isn't peddling prints until she showcases the entire collection exhibition-style (although she recently launched an Etsy site to gear up), she is currently accepting commissions and'll even sketch your fave non-Hall of Fame player, like Rollie Fingers or Albert Pujols? Ok, now you're just making things up!
Published: April 1, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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