Graig Kreindler is a New York-based artist who chronicles the national pastime on canvas. His work includes classic images of Jackie Robinson, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Sandy Koufax and Babe Ruth to current classics on Mariano Rivera, Nolan Ryan, David Ortiz at Fenway Park and the 1975 Big Red Machine.
“It is my goal to depict the look and color of the game in its golden era, when it was the focal point of sports in our society,” wrote Kreindler. “Focusing on the quaint ballparks, lively personalities, and dominating teams so beloved by its fans, I hope the vivid images and memories that were so much a part of the lives of an older generation are released again in their youthful energy and vitality through my artwork.”
He has certainly captured the New York Mets post-season glory on canvas. Kreindler painted the breathtaking classic image of Gary Carter rushing to home plate to meet Ray Knight as he crossed the plate with the winning run in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Kreindler’s captions reads, “The miracle of Game 6 of the 1986 Fall Classic cannot be understated, nor can the ensuing jubilation and shift of momentum. Instead, a picture of the Captain is worth a million words.”
Kreindler’s painting of Endy Chavez making “The Catch” is equally as impressive. Kreindler described the moment this way:
It was then that leftfielder Endy Chavez, who until Game 1 of the series had ridden the bench in the playoffs, feverishly ran to the warning track. Leaping from his right foot and raising his glove over the fence, he was able to snag Rolen’s drive as it cleared the barrier on the way down, pulling it back to earth from the tips of his glove for the second out. The catch brought back memories of 1969, during which the Mets outfielders Tommie Agee and Ron Swoboda turned in diving plays to stymie the hopes of the Baltimore Orioles. Or, going back even further, one could think of Dodger Sandy Amoros in the 1955 World Series, plucking Yogi Berra’s sure-fire double from the corner in leftfield at Yankee Stadium, then doubling off Gil McDougald at first base moments later. Like Amoros, Chavez fired a rocket to his shortstop, Jose Reyes, whose relay to Delgado doubled up Edmonds to end the inning. For the aforementioned Dodger leftfielder, the catch proved to be the play of the 1955 series. It seemed as if at that moment, the cheers of 50,000 Yankee fans were stuffed back into their throats, and the old adage of ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’ would finally give way to bedlam in the borough of Brooklyn. Three innings later, the Dodgers had their moment.
Check out Kreindler’s work online at GraigKreindler.com.