Original Printing Plates (14) for Cartoonist Gene Mack's Baseball Stadium Sketches Featured in "The Sporting News" (1946-1947)
<p>Between the years 1946 and 1947, <em>The Sporting News</em> published a series of fourteen ballpark sketches created by noted <em>Boston Globe</em> cartoonist Gene Mack. Each sketch featured an illustration of the respective Major League ballpark along with numerous historical highlights. The sketches were a big hit with fans, and were later reproduced in a retail booklet, a series of postcards, and large-format art prints. Offered here are the fourteen original printing plates used in the publication of Mack's ballpark sketches. The collection consists of the following plates: Forbes Field (Pittsburgh Pirates), Polo Grounds (New York Giants), Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees), Crosley Field (Cincinnati Reds), Shibe Park (Philadelphia A's and Phillies), Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs), League Park (Cleveland Indians), Braves Field (Boston Braves), Sportsman's Park (St. Louis Cardinals and Browns), Briggs Stadium (Detroit Tigers), Ebbets Field (Brooklyn Dodgers), Griffith Stadium (Washington Senators), Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox), and Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox). It should be noted that these are the original plates created for publication, but a few of the stadium features changed between the time of Mack's original sketches and the date of publication. As a result, several of the sketches needed minor revisions and new plates were cast. As a result, two of the plates in the offered collection (Forbes Field and Wrigley Field) do not correspond exactly with the illustrations featured in The Sporting News at the time. The die-cut metal plates all measure approximately 11x7" with the exception of Fenway Park (14.5x7"). Each plate displays use associated with printing, including minor ink residue and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition.</p>
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