#Shortstops: Overdue Honor
Sinnott began drawing when he received a box of crayons for his third birthday. In 1950, the 24-year-old artist began a 67-year collaboration with the future master of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee. Years later, Lee spoke highly of Sinnott’s work, telling The New York Times that he was “one of the most talented, most capable, and most dependable artists in the business.” Sinnott inked the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Thor, among many other comics for Marvel.
A lifelong baseball fan, Sinnott honored many baseball heroes through his work. An unexpected encounter with Babe Ruth at Game 2 of the 1941 World Series at Yankee Stadium, where Sinnott sat five rows behind Ruth, left him a fan of the Great Bambino for life. Sinnott also had ties to Hall of Famer John McGraw, who was a first cousin of Sinnott’s mother, Kitty.
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Sinnott’s cartoon captures the emotional response to Gibson’s long overdue induction. And while the crowd below offers up apologies, the bold portrait at the center of the page focuses the onlooker’s attention on Gibson, the superhero who earned his enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Madeline Krema was a curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development