Cieradkowski: Lee Smith: meet me under the bleachers

From SABR member Gary Cieradkowski at Studio Gary C on September 3, 2019:

Back in the spring of 2016 I was asked to create 16 portraits of Chicago Cubs greats that would be placed on permanent display in the famous Bleacher Section of Wrigley Field. I can’t tell you how much of an honor this is, to be a part of a ballpark as special as Wrigley Field. Once upon a time I lived just a few blocks from there, on the corner of Ashland and Addison, and my El stop was the Wrigley Field station. The energy and excitement surrounding that place is something that has to be experienced in person.

So on Opening Day in 2016, my 16 portraits were unveiled under the Bleachers, where they can be seen today, provided you have a ticket and can tear yourself away from the action on the field. The only thing is, after this week, there will be 17 portraits – Lee Smith, the great Cubs closer, was elected to Cooperstown this summer and the ballclub asked me to do a portrait of him to join the rest of the Cubs immortals.

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Originally published: September 5, 2019. Last Updated: September 5, 2019.