Hey all. Ron Kaplan of the excellent Baseball Bookshelf blog was kind enough to have me on his podcast to talk about my book. You can listen to me chat about drawing Ray Chapman, Carl Mays, and the gang on his site or on iTunes. I highly recommend his other interviews as well. Enjoy!
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Hey everybody! I know, it’s been ages since I’ve posted. I hope you’ll forgive me. Exciting news — my first book, Hit By Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball is finally available! Details about the project HERE.
If you just want to stop reading now and run right over to McFarland’s website and order it, you certainly may. Also, I’m told it will be available on Amazon in April, and I will update you here when that’s the case.
What? That’s not enough baseball cartooning for you? You require more? You’re in luck. I have a piece in The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure, Smith Magazine’s latest compilation. These are the folks behind the Six-Word Memoir, so you know it’s gonna be good. My comic is about the ’86 World Series rocking the foundation of my very existence, not to get too dramatic about it.
It’s been a tough week for Cleveland, what with Harvey Pekar and LeBron making their (very different) exits over the course of the last several days. Very sad. Brings to mind (I know, this will be a shocker coming from me) another time when it was tough to be a Clevelander: August, 1920, when the Indians’ star shortstop was beaned and killed in the middle of a pennant race.
And with that cheery flashback, I bring you today’s t-shirt, “The Chappie”:
And the back:
Yes, he died the next day, but was hit on August 16. See it, buy it, love it HERE.
In honor of Our Nation’s Berfday, a peek into Our National Pastime’s…er… past…times. OK, really, I just didn’t do a new doodle for today. So you get some random scans from my book-in-progress.
Hey did you know catcher Steve O’Neill showed up at Ray Chapman’s funeral with a black eye courtesy, Tris Speaker? Well, now you do!
That’s Wamby on the right and my not-so-secret boyfriend Wally Pipp in the middle. Wally, call me! (He’s not gonna call, is he? Where’s my Ouija Board?)
Here’s a pic from the fight. Sure, it looks like Speaker’s outnumbered but obviously he’s about to turn it around, because he’s so darned tough. He’ll have them hog-tied in no time.
What else… oh, since I’m just indulging myself, let me just share this amazing [to me] passage I found in a 1912 Baseball Magazine [as everyone reading this post quickly files out]:
The Naps put Herrin, Ill., on the map last Friday, Manager Birmingham taking his boys there to play an exhibition game. Herrinis the home town of Ray Chapman, the Naps shortstop, and even a World’s Series hero never was paid a higher tribute thanthat which the Herrin people gave to Chappie. Business was suspended in the coalbelt for miles around Herrin. Even the schools were closed, and every man, woman and child was at the ball park to cheer for their big leaguer. Chappie did not disappoint them and put up a stellar article of ball. Lajoie assisted in the Naps 7 to 2 victory with two home runs. Chapman was presented with a handsome stickpin, emblematic of the Elks Lodge, by his townfolk. Returning to St. Louis from Herrin, the Naps were in a train wreck at Winkle, Ill. Fortunately none of them was injured.
This paragraph so perfectly distills the lovable jankiness of this era, I could cry:
- The team travels to their rookie shortstop’s podunk hometown to play a game, just because they like him, apparently?
- THE WHOLE TOWN shuts down as a result. School is closed! I love it. Don’t even get me started on the ceremonial stickpin.
- The team is nicknamed after their biggest star (Napoleon Lajoie, which.. I mean…that’s a name, people).
- Their train crashed on the way back. Oopsies!
Okay, blah blah blah. See you next week! Probably just 4 posts but I’ll see what I can do.
Hi-ho! As many of you know, I’m working on a book about Ray Chapman and Carl Mays. A graphic-novelization, if you will. So I’m going to start posting a few completely random, out-of-context panels from said work-in-progress for your amusement and most likely confusion (Confusement?). Last post was the cow, this one’s some naughty, naughty Prohibition drunkies.
Since I’ve been so AWOL on the blog as of late, I’m committing myself to post something every day for the next WEEK! Can she do it? Well, I can’t promise it won’t be mostly crappy doodles (in fact, I can almost guarantee that it will be), but I’m gonna do it. ENJOY! [if possible]