Almost since its beginning, baseball has kept statistics on a magnitude unparalleled by any other sport. From batting averages to strikeouts, statistics are available for nearly every player that ever made it to the big leagues. The numbers represent careers, benchmarks of excellence and, in some cases, evidence of futility. With the advent of ever more diverse and precise stats, baseball continues to be a numbers game. Styled after carnival posters from days gone by, the poster highlights some of the most well-known records in the game (the statistics are limited to the years 1900 to 2015). The poster is interactive, in an old school way, as the wheel with the statistics can rotate. It’s attached to the poster with a metal brad. Having been a baseball fan for over 40 years, this poster is an homage to all of the greats. It’s also a great opportunity to feature a design driven by numbers/figures as opposed to the alphabet.
I’ll be writing a short entry about each of the records in the coming weeks. So come back for interesting information about the typography and designs of each “slice” of the poster, along with the record.
Please note that this poster is NOT letterpressed, it has been printed on a high quality digital press and the details in the poster have reproduced astonishingly clear. Here’s some more information about the poster.
Size: 11 inches x 17 inches
Paper: Crane’s Lettra® Fluorescent White – Lettra Digital 90 lb. Cover
Colors: CMYK (black + blue)
Beautifully printed on a digital 4-color press (not letterpressed)
Price: $35/each plus shipping (and tax for Utah residents)
Total Production: 50 posters. Each poster is numbered and signed by Jim Godfrey.
I accept the cards shown below. The cost of shipping is $10 for the U.S. and $40 for anywhere outside of the U.S. Please allow 4-10 days for your poster to arrive if it is shipped in the U.S. Outside the U.S. takes 3 to 4 weeks. The posters ship flat in a heavy duty cardboard mailer.
More about the poster:
Almost since its beginning, baseball has kept statistics on a magnitude unparalleled by other sports. From batting averages to strikeouts, statistics are available for nearly every player that ever played in the big leagues. The numbers represent careers, benchmarks of excellence and, in some cases, evidence of futility. In baseball you keep the score, but you also track statistics. With the advent of ever more diverse and precise stats, baseball continues to be a numbers game. Note: the statistics below are limited to the years 1900 to 2015. The poster is interactive, in an old school way, as the wheel with the statistics can rotate. It’s attached to the poster with a metal brad.
Here are the records listed on the poster:
Career: .367, Ty Cobb
Season: .424, Rogers Hornsby
Career: 762, Barry Bonds
Season: 73, Barry Bonds and 61, Roger Maris
Career: 4256, Pete Rose
Season: 262, Ichiro Suzuki
59, Orel Hershiser
Runs Batted In (RBIs)
Season: 191, Hack Wilson
Career: 2297, Hank Aaron
Career: 18, Greg Maddux
Season: 116, Seattle (2001), Chicago (1906)
In A Row: 26, New York Giants 1916
Career: 511, Cy Young
Season: 41, Jack Chesbro
Career: 1406, Ricky Henderson
Season: 130, Ricky Henderson
Career: 1.82, Edward Walsh
Season: .96, Dutch Leonard (1914)
Career: 652, Mariano Rivera
Season: 62, Francisco Rodriguez
7, Nolan Ryan
56 Games, Joe Dimaggio, 1941
7 and 7
Cy Young Awards, Roger Clemens
MVP Awards, Barry Bonds
Strikeouts – Pitcher
Career: 5714, Nolan Ryan
Season: 383, Nolan Ryan
Game: 20, Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood
Strikeouts – Batter
Career: 2597, Reggie Jackson
Consecutive Games Played
2632, Cal Ripken Jr.
Triple Crown – Average, RBIs, Home Runs