The Steve Sax Foundation is selling a one of a kind painting by the artist Opie Otterstad entitled The Babe and Kids Painting, according to Ryan Heath, a member of the Board of Advisors. All of the proceeds will go to the Steve Sax Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that helps young adults with college scholarships.
The asking price for the painting is $95,000. Below is a brief description of this unique piece of art:
What does a painting that took 7 years to complete look like?
Take a very famous photograph of the most iconic figure in baseball. The photo features Babe Ruth in a small town train stop along a barnstorming trip amidst a sea of children. The Sultan of Swat is in the eye of this youthful storm wearing his best boater hat and a coat and tie. Even out of uniform his mug is unmistakable and his presence is commanding. Coming across this photo in books over the years led to a curiosity as to the stories of the children as much as a story about the Babe.
What if we knew these children? What if we knew some of the tales that these children’s lives told from that brush with baseball immortality? What if one of these kids went on to be a baseball legend themselves. What if all of them did? The Babe Ruth and Kids Painting took seven years of collection and replacement. Photographs of as many baseball Hall of Famers that didn’t play with the King of Crash have been carefully placed in the stead and attire of the unknown children that were there in history. 56 Hall of Famers in total comprise the sea of children.
Can you pick some of them out without looking at the key? There are no slights. Players were only omitted if in those seven years a photo could not be found. It is the culmination of a lot of hours sifting through photos and player biographies. Thanks to Eric Enders for his invaluable assistance while at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
For more information on the Steve Sax Foundation, visit www.stevesaxfoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding the painting please contact Steve Sax at (916) 761-4729 or email him at email@example.com.