Mercer: Fine art baseball mitts a hit with collectors

From Greg Mercer at the Waterloo Record on October 27, 2017, on SABR member Sean Kane:

They’ve caught countless pop flies, screaming liners and hard grounders. Now, far from the dirt and grass of a ball diamond, they sit stacked in Sean Kane’s basement, waiting for his brush.

Kane, a native Chicagoan, takes baseball gloves and turns them into fine art. His work has landed in museums, on Hall of Famers’ mantles and in the homes of collectors who don’t blink at paying thousands for his one-of-a-kind mitts.

For a lifelong baseball fan, making a living celebrating the stories of some of the game’s greats is about as good as it gets, he said. Even if he never intended for things to turn out this way.

“My own baseball career was three seasons in Little League, barely hitting the ball out of the infield. I’m much better with a paintbrush than I am a bat,” he joked. “I had to find a way to keep it in my life.”

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Originally published: October 31, 2017. Last Updated: October 31, 2017.