Pirates slugger Willie Stargell started the 1971 season with 87 RBIs in the first half prompting artist Bruce Stark (d.2012) to suggest he had a shot at Hack Wilson’s 1930 RBI record. Offered is Stark’s artwork for a Wilson/Stargell sports cartoon featured in the 7/12/71 edition of the New York Daily News. A twenty-two year veteran of the NYDN, award winning artist Stark masterfully captured the fireplug-like Wilson in a classic batting pose as the central image of this approximate 9 x 12-3/4” piece which remains in excellent overall condition. More on our website.
As stated above the image area of this piece is 9 x 12-3/4” and including the borders the overall dimensions are 10-1/8 x 14”. Artist Stark’s signature appears at the lower left corner. Created in pointillist style by pencil, the image of Wilson dominates the scene and is accompanied by the caption “190 Ribbys”. Two overlay caption boxes are located at top left and right-center respectively. Completing the design is a caricature image of Stargell which appears at bottom right along with a comedic word-balloon overlay. This handsome piece displays boldly and is well-suited for framed display.
Also present is a vintage 7/12/71 NYDN clipping numbered as page “56” which features the printed version of the offered illustration with the title printed as “The Ducks Are on the Pond –by Stark”.