• June 10, 2014 - 16:54

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    "Wrigley Field at 100", oil on canvas, 36" x 60", 2013-14

     

  • March 5, 2013 - 12:40

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  • October 25, 2012 - 11:14

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    "Tight Spot in New Yankee Stadium", oil on canvas, 36" x 60", 2012

    Now that they’ve gone down to what can only be called ignominious defeat, it’s a lot easier to talk about.  I really don’t like the Yankees,

  • July 18, 2012 - 14:26

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    "Fenway Park at 100", oil on canvas, 36" x 60", 2012

    I find it hard to believe I have been alive for most of Fenway Park’s existence. It has been around forever, right? The home of the Boston Red Sox is Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark and is celebrating

  • February 27, 2012 - 17:52

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    "Target Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins", oil on canvas; 36" x 60", 2011/12

    A lot of people were dubious when the Minnesota Twins announced plans to build a new, downtown, open air ballpark. The pneumatic Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is not beloved for it’s cozy architecture

  • October 24, 2011 - 10:24

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    BallPark Project Painting #6- Yankee Stadium 

    “Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, Yankee Stadium, 2011”, oil on canvas, 36” x 60”

    As a kid I visited my

  • June 7, 2011 - 12:43

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    "AT+T Park, San Francisco, CA", oil on canvas, 36" x 60", 2011

    The BallPark Project ©, Max Mason

    The Golden Gate

    The first time I saw The Golden Gate I arrived by bicycle, from Poughkeepsie, New York. Two Vassar College friends and I spent the summer of ’72 riding through Canada and down the Pacific Coast Highway from Vancouver to Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, about 30 miles south of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. We slept in the woods, on beaches and in youth hostels, budgeting a whopping dollar a day per guy for food. (We started out at a dollar a day for ALL of us

  • March 4, 2011 - 10:35

    "Nationals Park, Washington D.C.", oil on canvas, 36"x 60", 2010-11

    Professional baseball in Washington D.C. has been a notoriously mixed bag. “First in war, first in peace, last in the American League“ was the old saw. And it was true, sort of. The first incarnation of the Senators/Nationals came in last place 9 times in 60 seasons. They also won three pennants, the 1924 World Series and had arguably the greatest right handed pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson. Since then they’ve fared far worse, two different franchises, one in each league, inhabiting the cellar 8 out of 16 seasons with no post season appearances. That hasn

  • November 11, 2010 - 10:40

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    Past Lives

    “Oriole Park at Camden Yards”, oil on canvas, 36” x 60”, 2010

    Paintings often contain a visible record of past lives. Underneath the finished work is a web of built up edges, bumps and daubs that were once on the outside; a color, a piece of the picture, a part of the space, that are now only visible as texture covered over by subsequent painting. They give the painting a weight (figuratively and literally), a sense of history, a kind of visual gravity. The process that leads to these past lives is exciting but risky. The thrill of newness and discovery can

  • September 2, 2010 - 11:52

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    GO BEARS!

    The Korean Baseball Organization, like almost everything Korean, is surprisingly new. Founded in 1981, it is on a par with the Japanese Baseball League, which dates back to 1936. At the time of the KBO’s founding South Korea had a GNP less than Ghana’s. It is now the 15th largest economy in the world, approximately 18 times that of Ghana. All of this is to say that Korean baseball is the real deal, as the increasing number of South Koreans in MLB demonstrates.

    Korean baseball is in a way a throw back. Small ball reigns. The sacrifice is huge and hitting behind the runner a must. Smooth form is everything. Hustle, maybe because it makes the opposition look bad, is in short

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