Saturday, June 8, 2013

Robert J. Lee's baseball illustrations (1955)

I'm reading Arnold Hano's terrific book A Day In The Bleachers, about Game One of the 1954 World Series. I love Robert J. Lee's simple but graphic line drawings that accompany Hano's text. Over half a century old, they evoke a long-gone era of Polo Grounds baseball, high socks and stirrups, and nattily-attired umpires. Lee, who died in 1994, was primarily a children's book artist, and his dynamic drawings of the mid-century New York Giants capture a kid's kinetic, can't-get-to-sleep memories of that day's game heroes.

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