adidas originals tracksuit bottoms An artistic look at legendary Reds
The Cincinnati Reds have a rich baseball history that predates the National League. The Red Stockings of 1869 are widely regarded as baseball first all professional team. The franchise was part of the original National League in 1876 and also competed in the American Association before returning to the NL in 1890. Reds Legends (Black Squirrel Books; hardback; 88 pages) combines the writing talent of Shannon with the vivid illustrations of artists Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard.
Shannon has compiled 40 one page profiles of Cincinnati finest players, from Harry and George Wright to Joey Votto. In between,
Shannon writes about men like Edd Roush, Ernie Lombardi, Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Pete Rose,
Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin.
Reds fans will be pleasantly surprised with the inclusion of players like Jim Maloney, Vada Pinson,
Joe Nuxhall and Dummy Hoy.
What really makes this book special is the artwork. All three artists have distinctive styles. Hannig, an artist from Miamisburg, Ohio, leans toward more watercolor type illustrations, as he displays with Heinie Groh and Gullett. He does,
however, do a nice portrait of Nuxhall and a cool pointillism (dot art) action shot of Rose.
Felix, from Cincinnati, has created baseball paintings for Topps and did a special exhibit, at 75,
devoted to Willie Mays. Some of his expressive work in Reds Legends includes drawings of Roush, Robinson, Pinson and Concepcion.