The Yogi Berra Museum has opened a new exhibition: New York City’s Golden Boys: 76 Baseball Portraits, 1946 – 1960, a series of seventy-six 8” x 10” oil paintings by renowned baseball artist Andy Jurinko. The show vividly documents the players that defined an era when New York boasted three major league ball clubs, all of which were among the best of the sixteen teams that made up the American and National Leagues. Along with legendary players of the era – Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider – the show features large-scale canvases of the three beloved NYC ballfields: Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium.
The collection was donated to the Museum by long-time Jurinko collectors, Bernie and Beverly Hubert. Over 100 people turned out for the exhibition’s opening reception on Tuesday evening, November 7, where Hubert explained the reasons behind his gift, the largest single art donation to the Museum in over a decade: “Since 1992, these beautiful oil-on-canvas portraits have graced the walls of my office at home. Thinking it time to find them a new home and a wider audience, I gifted them to the Museum. I’m very proud to be a part of it all.”