#Shortstops: Art of Ruth’s House
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Charles Fazzino, a popular contemporary pop artist of about 35 years, has built up a diverse portfolio in his dimensional and animated style. Baseball is one of those celebrated subjects. Fazzino’s piece, “The House That Ruth Built,” is hand cut and hand painted over an official batter’s helmet. Today, that piece is preserved by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I chose this medium because it is as unique to the evolution of my style as Yankee Stadium is to the evolution of baseball history,” writes Fazzino.
Though the title points distinctly to Ruth, the helmet sheds so much vibrant light on all of the Bronx Bombers greats who took roll call on that diamond. With such a rich history to tell on a size 7 batter’s helmet, you can find a new story to dive into each time you look.
So many times, countless memories and one monumental place: The first Yankee Stadium, “The House That Ruth Built”, held 85 years of moments worth celebrating within its walls. Fazzino’s work, carefully curated and visually captivating as it is, connects generations of fans and players booming with pinstripe pride.
Dani Dayton is a graphic designer at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum