Cleveland Indians 1916

Bill Band

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Watercolor Painting

Bill Band

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.

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$595.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS
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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 1916 Cleveland Indians uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Cleveland Indians uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Cleveland Indians products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Bill Band 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 scott@heritagesportsart.com 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 questions@heritagesportsart.com .

 

History

In 1915 the Naps were no more, and Cleveland would henceforth be known as the Cleveland Indians. Why the name change? After being known for over a decade as the Napoleons or Naps in honor of their second baseman and manager Napoleon Lajoie, Lajoie was released by Cleveland and claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Athletics prior to the 1915 season.And why the Indians? Prior to joining the American League in 1901, Cleveland was sometimes called the Indians in honor of their star player Louis Chief Sockalexis. Sockalexis was a native American who joined Cleveland in 1897 and played only 94 games over a 3 year span, hitting .313. Hall of Famer John Montgomery Ward referred to Sockalexis as "a marvel". He must have made quite an impression for the team to adopt Indians as their nickname, if indeed that's how the name came about. If anyone has other information about the origin of the Indians nickname, please contact us at ssillcox@rogers.com .The 1916 uniform features a very unusual design element: uniform numbers on the sleeve. This is the first time in major league history that numbers were sewn on the sleeve, and it was a one year experiment. Amazingly, it wasn't until the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers that uniform numbers made their first appearance on the front of a uniform.And for those of you counting at home, the 1916 Indians finished at exactly .500 with 77 wins and 77 losses, far better than their 57-95 effort a year earlier, and not nearly as good as their 88-66 record would be in 1917.

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