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Lot # 216: Single-Season Home Run Leaders "Baseball" Original Artwork by Jim Borgman

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/14/2024 7:00 PM to
1/28/2024 10:00 PM

Presented is a 1998 Cincinnati Enquirer cartoon by Jim Bordman about baseball's single-season home run leaders. Bordman was the editorial cartoonist for the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper from 1976-2008. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1991. Bordman's cartoon shows three baseballs, each propped up on a base, like a trophy. From the reader's left, the first baseball seems a typical baseball, the stitches showing, with some use apparent. On the base, or stand, on which the baseball reads "Babe Ruth," for the Bambino's 60 home runs in 1928. In the middle of the cartoon is another trophy-like baseball on a similar stand. The baseball looks much like the first ball, and the name on the base of the "trophy" is Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs in 1961 to take the regular season record from Ruth. On the third baseball, to the reader's right, the baseball has the cover partially knocked off, and the baseball is very tattered. This baseball is on a "trophy" base that reads Mark McGwire. The first baseman hit 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998, not to edge out the previous record, as the 61 by Maris did to Ruth's 60, but to "knock the cover off the record," just as depicted in the cartoon. Is Bordman making just the point that McGwire smashed Maris' record, or does the busted-up baseball signify something else, perhaps performance-enhancing substances that are "breaking up" baseball, as McGwire's admitted "juicing" helping his enhanced muscles to set the then all-time single-season homer mark? Borgman's cartoon is approx. 10x15", matted and framed to 15.25x20.25". The nice frame job enhances a compelling cartoon that visually relates a compelling story.

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