The Uniforms of Josh Gibson 1924-1944 is a lithograph based on nine oil portraits painted by Graig Kreindler (graigkreindler.com), the Painter of the National Pastime. This poster has been created to celebrate the Centennial of the founding of the Negro National League on February 13, 1920. Dreams Fulfilled has been selected by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, MO to stage a Centennial art and memorabilia exhibit at the museum in 2020. The exhibit will consist of 320 original pieces of art and 80 pieces of African-American baseball memorabilia dating back to 1871.
The lithograph edition size is 1920. In additional there are 20 Artist Proofs (not for sale). 100 giclées with 10 Artist Proofs will be offered in a separate listing.
Josh Gibson, a power-hitting catcher to whom 800 home runs are credited against all competition, was one of the Negro Leagues incandescent stars. He was the second Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Gibson played baseball in at least six countries. He is depicted for this poster in the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Crawfords (Pittsburgh Industrial Baseball League 1928), Homestead Grays (Independent 1931), Aguillas de Concordia (Venezuela 1934), Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (Dominican Republic 1937), Leopardes de Santa Cruz (Cuba 1938-39), Congrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico 1939-1940), Centauros de Maracaibo (Venezuela 1940), Azules de Veracruz (Mexico 1940) and the Washington Grays (Negro National League II 1944).
The signature of the painter, Graig Kreindler, on the LITHOGRAPH is a facsimile. Graig’s signature on the GICLÉE is authentic.
This poster is the first in a series of posters that will be released by Dreams Fulfilled. The poster has been licensed by the NLBM and Josh Gibson Enterprises. A portion of all proceeds goes to the NLBM to fund their educational and preservation missions and to Josh Gibson Enterprises.