CINCINNATI (FOX19) - If you name them, they will come — to life in the shape of Great American Ball Park, that is.
Philadelphia artist Dan Duffy created an ink pen art piece of the Cincinnati Reds’ home in honor of the teams 150th anniversary.
The piece contains the names of every Reds player from 1869 to 2019, he says. There are 2,059 players named in the portrait.
He says this piece took 150 hours between doing research, sketching, writing, and shading.
Though the Philly-native isn’t a Reds fan, one of his goals is to pay tribute to the best moments in milestones in sports.
He calls creating a piece based on GABP and the Reds a ‘no-brainer.’
“Cincinnati has such a rich baseball history. Some serious stars played for the Reds,” Duffy said.
He says he began creating word-art pieces 10 years ago to impress his then-girlfriend, now-wife, and has since become a full time word artist.
Duffy says he will be selling this print on his website, Art of Words, and says he enjoys when people reach out to him to tell him they have fun finding their favorite player.
“I even had someone reach out today and send me a picture of their great great grandfather’s glove from 1886. His name was Jack Boyle and he played for the Reds,” Duffy said.
He says his ultimate goal is to recreate every major league stadium in history with ‘every player ever.’
“Cincinnati is one of the great baseball towns in the country. From Johnny Bench to Ken Griffey Jr. to Joey Votto, it has been home to some of baseball’s biggest heroes. Plus, there aren’t many teams that get to celebrate 150 years, so I wanted to make sure to pay tribute to this great franchise,” he says.