Parker: Baseball as art in Shelby, North Carolina

From SABR member Jimmy Parker at Uni-Watch on July 27, 2019:

Located 45 minutes outside of Charlotte, Shelby, NC is a quintessential Southern town of 20,000. Each summer the town goes baseball crazy, ever since being the named the permanent home of the American Legion World Series in 2011. And since 2011, the Cleveland County Arts Council has helped celebrate the National Pastime by hosting a baseball themed art exhibit, “Baseball As Art”.

Over the years, the exhibit has become one of the country’s premier baseball art shows, featuring works by a veritable who’s who in sports art, names such as Graig Kreindler, Sean Kane and James Bennett.

I recently attended the Opening Reception for this year’s exhibit, held Thursday, July 11th, and was glad to see that the 2019 Exhibit was another outing that makes the show a great visit for fans of both the game and its art. CCAC Program and Events Coordinator Allan Potter and the rest of the staff did an excellent job curating this year’s show around the theme of American Legion Baseball alumni with several pieces featuring baseball Hall of Famers who graduated from the ranks of American Legion teams. What follows is a brief look back at just a few of the highlights from this year’s exhibit.

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Originally published: August 6, 2019. Last Updated: August 6, 2019.