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Jeff Suntala
I've been illustrating in the Cleveland area for 22 years. The past 8 years have been revolutionary in our business due to computer technology. Lucky for me, I had the benefit of developing traditional drawing skills before computer processing power became great enough to be applicable in the field. The combination of the two has altered my career significantly.

The older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am to do this for a living. Every year brings new insight into the creation of imagery, both traditional and digital.The last few years I've been exploring traditional watercolor under the instruction of Bob Moyer, one of the most versatile and talented illustrators in Cleveland history.


Historic Ballparks of Boston
Historic Ballparks of Boston

Dimensions: 12" x 36"
Type: Fine Art Poster
This poster features uncannily accurate representations of the great ballparks of Boston's past.

The Grand Pavilion version of South End Grounds is shown. Its Victorian splendor lasted only 6 years before being destroyed by fire to be replaced by a much simpler single grandstand scheme.

Huntington Avenue Grounds (the former home of the Boston Red Stockings) is displayed hosting the first World's Series game in 1903.

Braves Field (home of the Boston Braves) and Fenway Park round out the lot. Fenway is pictured as it was originally built, with the 6 to 10 foot (no one knows for sure how high) incline known as Duffy's Cliff leading up to the pre Green Monster wall. Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are the lone hold outs in the age of revenue generating "retro" parks. Fenway has probably changed the most of the two. This is its original incarnation. Where else are you going to find an image of it like this?

This poster is a MUST HAVE for any truly serious Boston baseball fan.

newitem1178432698Price: $25.00
Historic Ballparks of New York
Historic Ballparks of New York

Dimensions: 12" x 36"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Display the glory of New York's baseball past with one superb wall hanging! These are the parks your father went to. Even your father's father. Maybe even his father's father!

The Polo Grounds are shown in their New York Giants heyday. Ebbets Field is shown in its late 1950's glory. Yankee Stadium is seen in its 1950's completed form, with the right field grandstand completed and the patina of the famous frieze in its light blue green rusted copper glory. Shea Stadium is shown with its original 1964 World's Fair "confetti" style exterior.

This poster is a MUST HAVE for any serious New York baseball fan.

newitem1178433173Price: $25.00
Evolution of the Ballpark
Evolution of the Ballpark

Dimensions: Paper Size 22" x 28"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Evolution of the Ballpark BBEB104JS-POPrice: $25.00
Evolution of the Ballpark - Cincinnati
Evolution of the Ballpark - Cincinnati

Dimensions: Paper Size 7" x 21"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Palace of the Fans Crosley Field Riverfront Stadium Great American Ball Park

BBCN105JS-POPrice: $20.00
Evolution of the Ballpark - Cleveland
Evolution of the Ballpark - Cleveland

Dimensions: Paper Size - 7" x 21"
Type: Fine Art Poster
League Park (Wooden) League Park (Concrete & Steel) Municipal Stadium Jacobs Field

BBCL106JS-POPrice: $20.00
Evolution of the Ballpark - Detroit
Evolution of the Ballpark - Detroit

Dimensions: Paper Size 7" x 21"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Bennett Park Navin Field Briggs/Tiger Stadium Comerica Park

BBDT107JS-POPrice: $20.00
Evolution of the Ballpark - Philadelphia
Evolution of the Ballpark - Philadelphia

Dimensions: Paper Size 7" x 21"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Baker Bowl Shibe Park Veterans Stadium Citizens Bank Park

BBPH103JS-POPrice: $20.00
Evolution of the Ballpark - Pittsburgh
Evolution of the Ballpark - Pittsburgh

Dimensions: Paper Size 7" x 21"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Exposition Park Forbes Field Three Rivers Stadium PNC Park

BBPT108JS-POPrice: $20.00
Evolution of the Ballpark - St.Louis
Evolution of the Ballpark - St.Louis

Dimensions: Paper Size 7" x 21"
Type: Fine Art Poster
Robison Field Sportsman's Park Busch Stadium New Busch Stadium

BBSL109JS-POPrice: $20.00
All Time All Star Negro League Lineup
All Time All Star Negro League Lineup

Dimensions: Paper Size 24" x 36"
Type: Fine Art Poster
The above Fine Art Poster depicts a fantasy assemblage of the greatest Negro League players of all time in Old Comiskey Park, site of the great black all star games of yesteryear. From left to right, listed with the team and year of uniform worn, they are as follows:

Ray Dandridge 3b, Newark Eagles 1941home "The greatest third baseman never to make the major leagues," Ray played for the New York Giants triple A affiliate for years at the end of his career, never to be called up to the majors. Posessing quick, velvety hands, he also had a powerful arm, and was able to play second base and shortstop as well.

Walter "Buck" Leonard 1b, Homestead Grays 1938 home Named to a record eleven East-West All Star games. Buck was an outstanding fielder, and a screaming line drive hitter, often hitting the ball over the fences as well as off them. Together with Josh Gibson, they were known as the "Thunder Twins," and were the greatest power duo in Negro League history.

Henry "Pop" Lloyd SS, New York Lincoln Giants 1912 home and road Called the black Honus Wagner, the Dutchman himself remarked, "I am honored that they would name such a great player after me." A specialist of "inside baseball," Lloyd was a complete ballplayer and known for his clutch power hitting abilities. Babe Ruth called him the greatest baseball player of all time.

"Willie" Foster Lhp, Chicago American Giants 1936 road Rube Foster, his older half brother, tried to steer his younger sibling away from the game. Bill returned the "favor" by becoming the greatest lefthander in the history of the Negro Leagues.

Andrew "Rube" Foster M, Chicago American Giants 1919 home The father of the Negro Leagues. Through the force of his dictatorial personality and sheer physical presence, in 1920 he singlehandedly created the first organization of black teams, the Negro National League.

Leroy "Satchel" Paige Rhp, Trujillo All-Stars 1937 Everything he said is true, and if it isn't, you've got to give him credit for making it up.

Martin Dihigo 2b, Cuban Stars (East) 1927 Home and Road The most versatile man ever to play the game of baseball. He is the only member of the Cuban, Mexican, and American Baseball Halls of Fame.

Oscar Charleston Of, Indianapolis ABC's 1922 home and road His slugging power was compared to Babe Ruth's, his base running to Ty Cobb's, and his centerfield play to that of Tris Speaker. John McGraw is quoted as saying, "If only I could calcimine him."

"Josh" Gibson C, Pittsburgh Crawfords 1928 home The only man ever to hit a fair ball out of Yankee Stadium. 'Nuff said.

James "Cool Papa" Bell Of, St. Louis Stars 1929 home and road The fastest man in the history of baseball, Bell was so fast olympian Jesse Owens refused to race him without his track spikes on. The ideal leadoff hitter.

Christobal Torriente Of, Chicago American Giants 1921 road Not only could "the Cuban Strongman" play outstanding rightfield and hit with incredible power, he also compiled a lifetime 15-5 pitching record. Jose Conseco eat your heart out.

BBBD102JS-POPrice: $30.00
League Park 1920
League Park 1920

Dimensions: 20 3/4"x32 1/4"
Type: Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Lithograph
The League Park print is a signed limited edition of 1,920 (the same year as the date depicted) printed on heavy duty acid free paper.

It is outlined by a couple rules and has the title "League Park" E.66th and Lexington ave. Cleveland, Ohio beneath it.

Originally constructed of wood in 1891, the concrete and steel version of the park is seen in the painting. The ticket office in the foreground was built in 1909 with the rest of the park following in 1910. The year is 1920 and the Tribe is in the thick of a pennant race with the Yankees and White Sox. Ticket prices reflect a war tax still in effect from World War I. The large gray structure behind the ticket office is the right field pavilion. Its exterior is plaster with horsehair used as a binder. This was later covered with wood and painted green. The trolley cars are of the 1100 series, built by the Kuhlman Car Co. of Cleveland, and are the appropriate color scheme of the era. The westbound Payne trolley is a trailer train, which drew all its power from the lead car, an arrangement unique to Cleveland. Near game's end, a long line of trailer trains would form along a siding running the length of the right field wall, waiting for fans to let out. Practicing players would sometimes toss a ball over the fence so that some lucky youngster could return it for free admission to the game.

BBLP101JS-LPrice: $45.00




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