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Legends of Giants Baseball

Black Squirrel Books, Sports

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Foreword by Chris Haft

DescriptionThe greatest Giants players of all time

No major league team has been blessed with more great, Hall of Fame–worthy players than the New York–San Francisco Giants, nor does any other team enjoy the support of more loyal and knowledgeable fans. With Legends of Giants Baseball, fans can savor a stunning tribute to their heroes.   

Best-selling author and lifelong Giants fan Mike Shannon has carefully selected and profiled 40 of the greatest Giants of all time, men who by their stellar play, uncommon accomplishments, and unique personalities have made themselves unforgettable and earned the title “Legend.” From Roger Connor and Christy Mathewson to Bill Terry and Carl Hubbell, from Bobby Thomson and Willie Mays to Juan Marichal and Buster Posey—they are all here in Legends of Giants Baseball. Shannon defines the greatness of each player in deft vignettes that are remarkable as much for their insight as their interest. Even veteran Giants fans will get to know and appreciate these Legends better through the book’s lively and informative text and the statistical record summaries that accompany each player’s profile.

What makes the book an extra-special treat for any Giants fan is the stunning original artwork that complements the text. Three of today’s most gifted baseball artists provide full-color, full-page images of the 40 Legends that are invariably beautiful, arresting, and iconic.

Chris Felix’s exquisitely executed portraits have the dignified look and feel of the old masters who are able to plumb their subjects’ souls. With his rigorous attention to detail, an ebullient palette, and his unerring sense of composition, Scott Hannig exhibits a marvelous versatility that never fails to engage the viewer. The digitally created showstoppers of the brilliant Donnie Pollard simply mesmerize the eye. Here are the Giants’ greatest players as they have never been presented before. The talented trio of Felix, Hannig, and Pollard have created an artistic tribute that no self-respecting Giants fan can live without. Miniature player portraits and stunning paintings of the Polo Grounds, Seals Stadium, Candlestick Park, and AT&T Park round out this gorgeous book that will be treasured by baseball fans everywhere.

AuthorsMike Shannon is the author of more than 20 baseball books and the editor and publisher of Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine. He has covered the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown every year since 1986. Cincinnati artist Chris Felix has produced baseball paintings for the Topps Baseball Card Company and “24 at 75,” the national art show devoted to Willie Mays. Miamisburg, Ohio, artist Scott Hannig invented Pastimes baseball scoreboard clocks and illustrated the graphic novel Hutch: Baseball’s Fred Hutchinson and a Legacy of Courage. Donnie Pollard is the Creative Art Manager–Hot Markets for Adidas® in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Director of Graphics for Spitball magazine.