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Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960 Hardcover – June 15, 2012
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The book is divided into years from 1946 through 1960 with a appendix of the statistics of the fifteen year period in addition to an appendix of year-by-year statistics. All of the photos are in color and range in size from full page to portraits of players the size of 1950 Bowmans baseball cards. Some pages have two larger photos per page with a written text of the player included underneath. Naturally all sixteen major league teams are represented. Also included are photos of players who stared in each year. Each chapter is entitled with what is considered to be the number one highlight in each year.
You can test how much of a fan you are of this time period by asking yourself how many of the numerous photos you can recognize on the dust jacket. If you are fortunate to remember this golden era of baseball this book is an absolute must for you. For those too young to remember when these players ruled the baseball world I can only sympathize. Age has its advantages.
Sadly, Andy passed away in February 2011 about a year before his last book "Golden Boys" was published. Andy was a tremendously talented artist and a better human being. Gentle, thoughtful and enthusiastic at all times he hid his cancer diagnosis from many of his oldest friends and news of his death came as a genuine shock. My last conversation with him was a call he'd made to me just before the holidays in 2010 both to congratulate me on the improbable World Series triumph by my Giants as well as to inform me that his book, replete with writing by the estimable Chris Jennison, was very much in the publishing pipeline.
Andy's final masterpiece is nothing short of an illuminated manuscript documenting the glory of the post-war, post-integration world of major league baseball. One marvels at the fact he painted hundreds of portraits and action scenes. His ballpark canvases, recognized as the best ever painted, are the proverbial icing on the cake.
Andy captured the substance and soul of the game as well as any artist or writer.
His book deserves to be on the shelf of any fan of baseball, American art, 20th century history and popular culture. It is a treasure.
I thank his wife and her friends who completed this work and making it available to a wide audience.
24 of the best baseball players - from a long time ago to the present.
It is the perfect book to "peruse" as you do not need to read it in
order or all at one sitting.
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Jurinko was THE baseball fine art painter of the last 30 years. Died too young. His art lives on.Published 9 months ago by J. Goldberg
If you are a fan of this era, the book is a must. Jurinko's life- like portraits bring the era to life.Published on February 26, 2014 by jeffrey a eisenberg
For those of us of a certain age, brings back many,many wonderful memories of our youth. The only question is, on the dust jacket, why is Stanky's picture out of alphabetical... Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by prh