Dr. Charles Crutchfield III’s works are on display at CHS Field in an exhibition of paintings of the Negro League baseball stars.
The collection includes the likes of Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Buck O’Neil, Newt Allen, James Bell, Ray Dandridge, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, Jose Mendez, Ted Radcliffe, Dick Redding, Quincy Trouppe and more. Author and historian Nel Yomtov was commissioned to write a detailed biography that accompanies and enriches every painting. The exhibit will run at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints, through July 18.
The collection is receiving high praise.
“This exhibit is a spectacular display of American History in the heart of downtown St. Paul. I applaud the Saint Paul Saints for once again giving our residents and all of Minnesota something to be extremely proud of,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.
“When I was growing up, I idolized many of these players. This gorgeous exhibit is like taking a walk down memory lane and visiting old friends,” said former Minnesota Twin Tony Olivia.
“The paintings shine a bright light on many of the unsung heroes of America’s pastime. It is a marvelous tribute to anyone who loves baseball and its full History,” said baseball historian Frank White.
“It was our original goal to bring these little-celebrated yet exceptional stars to life and to tell their fascinating stories to all, far and wide,” said artist, Dr. Charles Crutchfield III. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this extraordinary exhibition of professional baseball stars and American heroes.”
Crutchfield says there has been extreme interest in the collection, and the number of paintings in the exhibit may expand from 40 to include 125. The aspiration and design are to have the exhibition travel to select sites around the United States, including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference and the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York.
Crutchfield was awarded the Fay Vincent Most Valuable Partner Award by the Society for American Baseball Research for significant contributions having an impact on recognizing the Negro Leagues and its impact on the socialization of American culture.