In just a few more hours, the 2019 MLB regular season will begin when the Mariners’s Ichiro Suzuki tosses out the first pitch of the season. The Mariners and the A’s will be playing a pair of games in Japan, at the Tokyo Dome. In America, it will be around four in the morning when that first pitch is thrown so I’ll probably miss it.
Even if I might not be able to watch the opening pitch, I can still watch my favorite baseball movie, Eight Men Out. Eight Men Out is about the 1919 World Series and how eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of conspiring with gamblers to throw the championship. While everyone agrees that most of the players were guilty, Eight Men Out suggests that both Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver were wrongly accused and, unlike the other players, should not have been banned from playing in the major leagues.
The final scene of Eight Men Out takes place several years after the scandal. A group of baseball fans think that they’ve spotted Shoeless Joe playing for a semi-professional team. While they debate whether or not that’s really Shoeless Joe, Jackson’s old teammate, Buck Weaver, tells them that there will never be another player as great as Joe Jackson. John Cusack plays Weaver while D.B. Sweeney plays Jackson.
Finally, it’s time for baseball!
The artist Clark Hulings is best-known for doing landscape paintings like the one above. Hulings, who was born in Forida and educated at the Art Students League in New York City was a world traveler whose journeys left him with a keen eye for landscapes and the people who populate them. Hulings’s paintings are still eagerly sought by collectors and museums.
However, before Hulings was able to devote himself exclusively to his landscape paintings, he paid the bills by working as a commercial illustrator. This was a familiar career path for many aspiring artists in the 50s and 60. Hulings began his career as an illustrator in 1951, starting out with ads for supermarkets and eventually working his way up to painting covers for various pulp and paperback publishers. Hulings would continue to work as a commercial artist until 1962, when he was finally able to devote all of his time to the landscape paintings that were his true passion.
In 2013, Clark Hulings’s widow and his daughter founded the Clark Hulings Fund, which is a nonprofit organization that provides visual artist with marketing and financial tools.
Below are a few of Clark Hulings’s paperback covers: