The Royals Hall of Fame Classic presented by Willie Wilson Baseball and Farmland Foods started at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, July 17 at Kauffman Stadium in conjunction with the grand opening of the Royals Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Classic featured Royals greats in an exhibition game against former MLB stars and a silent auction with unique memorabilia including Classic game worn jerseys.
Join Willie Wilson and a few of his
friends on July 17th
Autographed Lithographs for Sale
Only 150 Limited Edition Hall of Fame Classic Lithographs, Signed by the Players of the 2009 Royals Hall of Fame Classic were produced and are available for purchase.
This beautiful photo by top sports artist Robert Hurst will be autographed by ALL the players participating in the classic, including Royals legends Steve Busby, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry, Jeff Montgomery, Amos Otis, Fred Patek, John Wathan, Frank White and Willie Wilson. In addition, former Major Leaguers Bert Campaneris, Bobby Dernier, George Foster, Randy Hundley, Todd Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Robinson, Dave Stewart and Jon Warden. The lithograph measures 18" x 24".
Only 150 autographed lithographs will be produced.
About Artist Robert Hurst:
Robert Hurst is one of the top sports artists in the country. Widely sought after by both corporations and private individuals, Robert's work is included in the notable collections of The Dallas Cowboys, The Baltimore Orioles, The University of Texas, the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, The Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, The College Baseball Foundation, and The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, among others. Robert's artwork has been published extensively in numerous publications including Art Trends magazine and Sports Collectors Digest,. Respected galleries in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas represent Hurst and his exciting and sought-after art. Go to Robert's web site at "A Damn Fine Artist .com" to see more of Robert's art.
Robert's comments on the painting:
"This painting was an enjoyable challenge. I'm known for capturing athletes on canvas and do not, as a rule, paint many stadiums. I thought it would be fun to showcase the moment before the batter swings. The ball is on the way and anticipation is building. Also in the painting are many special details that make the piece unique to this event. For example: I knew I wanted to feature Willie Wilson, and I thought what better way than putting him on the CrownVision stealing a base? I took additional artistic license by adding the names of event sponsors on the backboards."
Prior to the Royals Hall of Fame Classic, the Royals partnered with Willie Wilson Baseball and TeamSmile to host a free dental health education, screening and treatment clinic at Kauffman Stadium. The clinic, which provided state of the art dentistry ranging from tooth-colored fillings to digital x-rays, was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. During the event, TeamSmile patients had access to the Outfield Plaza, including the Little K baseball field, interactive games, miniature golf and Kauffman Stadium's new carousel.
Read more about last year's TeamSmile event here.