I marvel every year at the vast array of calendars that show up in bookstores every year, and I used to spend a good deal of timing perusing them, but not so much over the past decade or so.
For at least that long, The Hallowed Ground Calendars produced by Bill Goff Inc. (www.goodsportsart.com) have served nicely in that capacity.
And this year’s calendar (2009) hits even closer to home, since my friend, and SCD contributor Andy Jurinko, is the featured artist for the whole calendar, an honor never before bestowed on any single artist.
Ebbets Field is on the cover (and June), but other headliners include Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, both of which are slated for demolition as the teams move to brand-new parks in 2009. Also featured: Crosley Field (Cincinnati), Griffith Stadium (Washington D.C.), Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis), Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles), Fenway Park (Boston), Comiskey Park (Chicago), Tiger Stadium (Detroit), Polo Grounds (New York), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia), and Forbes Field (Pittsburgh).
Jurinko needs no introduction to SCD readers, who have enjoyed his work in our pages from even before I started here full time in 1993.
The 2009 edition of Hallowed Ground is available at www.goodsportsart.com for $17 each plus $6 shipping and handling, or by calling 1 (800) 321-4633.