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The baseball images of artist Mark Ulriksen

4/11/2013

A baseball-loving Bay Area native, artist Mark Ulriksen has composed numerous pieces based on our national pastime -- many for the cover of The New Yorker.

Let's look a little deeper at his collection, which features plenty of New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants. But that's hardly it:

All All-Stars

Note: Each pitcher is in the Hall of Fame and represents one decade in the 20th century.

Credit: Fan magazine

Gehrig Retires

Note: From a series about stadiums that were having their last season.

Lou Gehrig's record of playing in 2,130 consecutive games ended in Detroit on this date.

Credit: The New Yorker

Yogi and The Boss

Note: For a profile of George Steinbrenner and his relationships, here with Yogi Berra.

Credit: The New Yorker

The Astrodome

Note: From a series about stadiums that were having their last season.

Credit: The New Yorker

Babe in Negro Leagues

Note: A personal piece.

Randy Johnson

Note: About the 2001 World Series, Arizona Diamondbacks versus Yankees.

Credit: The New Yorker

Home Run King

Note: One of four posters for the San Francisco Chronicle, documenting Barry Bonds' home run records. Here he has become the all-time home run leader (and a pariah to some, hence his back is to us; he's facing his home town fans, the only folks who supported him).

Credit: San Francisco Chronicle

Bonds & Mays

Note: Another of the four posters for the Chronicle, when Barry Bonds surpassed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list.

Credit: San Francisco Chronicle


Bonds Walks

Credit: The New Yorker

Scott Boras and A-Rod

Note: For a story about the relationship of super, uh, agent Scott Boras and one of his more famous clients, Alex Rodriguez.

Credit: The New Yorker

1946 World Series

Note: A poster about the Red Sox World Series history. In this case,

a 1946 loss in Game 7 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Credit: The Boston Globe

The Boss with Strawberry and Doc

Note: For a profile of Steinbrenner and his relationships,

here with troubled stars Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.

Credit: The New Yorker

Steinbrenner at the Stadium

Note: For a profile of Steinbrenner.

Credit: Fortune magazine

All One Needs

Note: ... dogs and baseball, an invitation image for a gallery

show in S.F. (that's Ulriksen and his dog at the time, Ted).

Credit: Mark Ulriksen

Early Arrivals

Credit: Private commission

Soaked

Note: A cover that ran inside instead, about the sad state of affairs with the Mets.

Credit: The New Yorker

Your 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants

Credit: Mark Ulriksen

Cursed

Note: Composed when the Giants had gone 50-plus years without a World Series title.

Credit: San Francisco magazine

Jackie Robinson

Note: Used in a poster for Arena Stage, to help establish the era

of a play set in Brooklyn in the 1950s. It was only a small image

in a calendar on a wall in the background of the poster.

Credit: Arena Stage

Jackie Robinson in Dodger Stadium

Credit: Los Angeles Magazine

Joe Torre

Credit: The New Yorker

Killer

Note: For a fiction article about a player whose foul balls keep killing

fans, and more folks keep attending games to see who he might kill next.

Credit: Harper's

Lost and Found

Credit: The New Yorker

Lotta Balls

Note: For a book review of a kid who tells

his secrets on how to collect baseballs.

Credit: National Business

Mays Batting

Note: From a book published by Arion Press, "A Day in

the Bleachers," about the first game of the 1954 World Series.

Credit: Arion Press

Mays Warms Up

Note: From "A Day in the Bleachers."

Credit: Arion Press

Mickey Mantle

Note: Personal piece, done after Mantle died.

The Moment of Truth

Note: For a story about split seconds counting.

Credit: Tourneau watches magalog

Sermon on the Mound

Note: For a story about the troubled season of pitcher David Cone.

Credit: The New Yorker

Yankee Stadium Memories

Note: Composed as the old Yankee Stadium was being replaced, portraying the seminal moments in Yankees history that occurred at each position on the field.

Credit: The New Yorker

Gone!

Note: On the new stadium in San Francisco, originally named Pacific Bell Park.

Credit: The New Yorker

Paul O'Neill

Note: During the 2001 World Series, Diamondbacks versus Yankees.

Credit: The New Yorker

The Polo Grounds

Note: From "A Day in the Bleachers."

Credit: Arion Press

The Catch

Note: From "A Day in the Bleachers."

Credit: Arion Press

Tiger Stadium

Note: From a series about stadiums that were having their last season.

Credit: The New Yorker