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MooseDog 06-21-2018 10:07 PM

Pittsburgh Pirate Experts: What Have I Got Here?
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I picked up this item in a big antique mall, it was just weird enough to be interesting and priced well enough to be impossible to resist.

What it appears to me to be is a life cast of a pitcher's hand and forearm detailed enough that you can make out scars, callouses, and fingerprints. The pose appears to be a pitching grip, possible a change up grip and the ring finger shows what definitely appears to be a 1971 Pirates World Series ring.

The entire piece is painted brown, leading me to believe that it might have been of an African-American pitcher.

Anyone with any idea or leads on this?

Scott Garner 06-21-2018 10:41 PM

Gnarly, weird & cool!
Dock Ellis?
The hand looks pretty thick to be his though...

Shoeless Moe 06-21-2018 10:41 PM

I think I've seen that hand before, ah yes it was in The Addams Family.

Scott Garner 06-21-2018 10:42 PM


Originally Posted by Shoeless Moe (Post 1788800)
I think I've seen that hand before, ah yes it was in The Addams Family.

Cousin It!

ramram 06-21-2018 10:45 PM

The detail is spooky. Any bone inside of it? :eek:

Rob M

ooo-ribay 06-21-2018 11:05 PM


Leon 06-21-2018 11:21 PM

That's great.

GoCubsGo32 06-21-2018 11:24 PM

I've come across a similar item on eBay by mistake...

Here's one of Willie Mays ( not my auction )

It's kinda neat, but creepy at the same time. It's a fine line.

71buc 06-22-2018 02:46 AM

I am guessing that's a cast of Steve Blass by Denver sculptor Raelee Frazier. She did the Ralph Kiner Bronze at PNC. It would make sense that they would have considered Blass for a similar tribute due to his 71 Series performance. Here is the artist's facebook page and her online gallery if you want to ask her if it is her work. I saw quite a few of her casts for auction a number of years ago at Lelands. They were in the December 2011 catalog. Heritage sold one as well. You looking to move it? If so I'm your guy.

MooseDog 06-22-2018 11:13 AM

Mike, thanks for the lead, I will check it out...I think you might be on to something as I found this in Colorado Springs. Will post back if I find out anything.

Thanks to all for the comments, yes, it's definitely got an Addams vibe but the detail makes it pretty cool nonetheless.

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