Painting of Stan Musial hitting five home runs in a double header by John Dyess

Painting of Stan Musial hitting five home runs in a double header by John Dyess

This painting of Stan Musial hitting five home runs in a doubleheader on May 2,1954 was displayed in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the Stan Musial display. This painting was on loan from May of 1994 until Busch stadium was torn down.A print of this painting was displayed in the Missouri Historical Society in a segment on Sportsman Park. The idea for this painting came after a business friend contacted Dick Zitzmann,vice president of Stan the Man Inc., to arrange a meeting with Stan Musial about creating artwork and a catalog for Stan’s signed memorabilia. Stan at this time, which was during the early 1990’s was using single sheets printed on a copy machine to sell his  signed baseball objects.

Dick Zitzmann business card

Dick Zitzmann business card

I had created an oil painting from a black and white photo of Stan batting, before this meeting and I showed Stan this painting.This painting is now on display in my niece Debby’s condo she shares with her significant other Brad. It is displayed in a shine of St. Louis Cardinal’s memorabilia.

signed photo print by Stan of my painting of him batting.

signed photo print by Stan of my painting of him batting.

Stan signed a photo print of my painting. I created the painting of Stan hitting five home runs in a double header in hopes that prints of it would become part of his for sale signed objects. My business friend Jack asked for another meeting with Stan to present ideas for a catalog which was designed by Mike Smit with illustrations by me.Unfortunately Jack was drinking at a casino and  had an auto accident and lost his drivers license.This delayed the meeting. Finally there was a meeting but Stan said he didn’t need a catalog at this time but if  we provided prints of my artwork he would sign them. I thought this was a gracious thing to do for us ,but at this time, before large format digital prints, was not affordable  for us to provide the prints for Stan to sign.It was an honor for me to meet Stan Musial .
I painted one more oil painting to show Stan before the final meeting,which was of Stan and Red Schoendienst. The painting was based on a distressed newspaper clipping of a photo of Stan and Red when they played together on The St. Louis Cardinals. I still have the five home runs Musial painting and the Stan and Red painting.

detail from black and white photo of Stan and Red

detail from black and white photo of Stan and Red

Stan and Red oil painting by John Dyess

Stan and Red oil painting by John Dyess

detail from Stan and Red painting by John Dyess

detail from Stan and Red painting by John Dyess

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Comments
  1. I see Stan the Man is not the only one that can hit a home run! These are over the fence!

  2. johndyess says:

    Thanks for your kind words Marcelino.

  3. Glenn Myers says:

    The shadow line across Stan’s Swing is as sweet as it gets design wise! You have to smile when you remember some of these moments and projects!

    • johndyess says:

      I think we were lucky or blessed to have illustrated when there were jobs available. Projects like the Musial painting were rewarding. I’m glad I got to see Stan Musial play.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Uncle John –
    Thanks for the mention on the Stan painting (in a custom Peruvian leather frame). I’m looking at it right now as I type this note. I hope you had a chance to hear Bob Costas’ eulogy. Baseball will never have another “Perfect Warrior/Perfect Knight”. xo Debby

  5. johndyess says:

    Debby,I didn’t hear the Costas’ eulogy. I’m glad the painting of s Stan found a good home.

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