Toronto Blue Jays 2004

Nola McConnan

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

$595.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Red), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 2004 Toronto Blue Jays uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Toronto Blue Jays uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Toronto Blue Jays products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Nola McConnan for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by Major League Baseball unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by MLB. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at .



The Blue Jays entered the 2004 season with high hopes, or at least higher hopes than the previous couple seasons. But the club got off to a terrible start winning just 7 games in the month of April, including getting swept at home on opening weekend at the hands of the Detroit Tigers. To make things worse the team was beset by injuries to some of their important veterans. This would prove to be too much for their nucleus of young players and the team never recovered.At 67-94, the 2004 Blue Jays finished 19 games worse than they did in 2003, and injuries played a large part. Carlos Delgado, Vernon Wells, Roy Halladay and Frank Catalanotto all missed at least a month, sinking the Jays out of third place for the first time in seven seasons. Pat Hetgen, the 1996 Cy Young winner, returned to the team hoping to revitalize his career. Unfortunately, he would end up retiring halfway through the season with a miserable 2-9 record and a 6.95 ERA. The Jays finished last in the AL East for the first time since Tampa Bay joined the league - you have to go all the way back to 1980 to find a Toronto team that lost more games than the 2004 Jays.All of this would eventually lead to the firing of Manager Carlos Tosca who was replaced by John Gibbons for the final 6 weeks of the season. Under Gibbons the Jays would not fair much better going 20-30. They ended the season in last place with a terrible record of 67-94.The good news:  Rookies P Dave Bush, RF Alex Rios and P Jason Frasor proved they were legitimate major leaguers. 2B Orlando Hudson emerged as one of the best at his position, CF Vernon Wells won a Gold Glove and LHP Ted Lilly became an All-Star.As the Jays toiled in 2004 there were few bright spots as even Carlos Delgado had a disappointing season by his standards knocking in just 99 RBI, as the Jays stellar offence of 2003 could not get going in 2004 finishing 12th of 14 teams in the American League in runs scored and team batting. Meanwhile reigning Cy Young winner Roy Halladay only mustered an 8-8 record while missing 2 months with a tired arm. The Jays team ERA ranked 11th in the 14 team AL. Following the season the Jays began to refocus their efforts allowing Delgado to leave through Free Agency as they tried to focus on their young pitching prospects. They became the lone Canadian team as the Montreal Expos were moved to Washington.In 2004 the Blue Jays adopted a new look. Gone were the colours normally associated with the team (i.e. royal blue, light blue and red). In are more modern colours: graphite, silver and black.The Team also adopted a new logo, a feisty looking Blue Jay's head coming out of a stylized metallic J. The club's full Blue Jays nickname is no longer in use on the uniform; it's been abbreviated to just Jays.

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