World Series Champions

The White Sox Win the World Series
Private collection
Pasadena, CA
2005 • 14 x 11

Chicago White Sox 2005

For 46 years, I suffered as a loyal fan of the Chicago White Sox. In 1959, when I was eight-years-old and lived on the south side of Chicago, my whole life revolved around the White Sox. When they won the American League pennant, air raid sirens went off to alert the masses—the 40-year drought since the “Black Sox” sold out to gamblers in 1919 had ended. My parents were given two tickets to game six, and my dad figured out a way to sneak me into the game. (Watch the video clip to get the whole story.) Unfortunately, the Sox lost and my “Wait till next year,” dragged on for decades.

When the White Sox clinched a spot in the 2005 World Series, I bought three tickets for my sons, Neil and Charlie, and me. When Charlie and I arrived into Chicago, we were met by a TV news crew from WGN–“The Superstation,” who documented my passion for the team and included home movies from the ’59 series. (See video clip.)

The Sox swept a four game series, their first Championship since 1917, and I painted their on-field celebration. This was a quick, spontaneous painting using my projector technique on a small canvas. It captures the excitement that the players experienced on the field and the joy that I felt as a fan. I dedicated it to a goddaughter who was born a few weeks earlier, and am safeguarding it for her until she is a little older.

The Red Sox Win the World Series
Margo Maine
West Hartford, CT
2007 • 20 x 16

Boston Red Sox 2007

When my friend, Margo Maine, visited my home and studio during the 2007 playoff, she complimented the White Sox painting, and since she was a devout Red Sox fan, I said I’d paint a similar picture for her if the Bosox won. It’s now hanging in Margo's office.