Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 LLWS - Charles Fazzino Celebrates the Diamond Anniversary of Little League®

Photo Courtesy of Little League Baseball
South Williamsport, PA - World renowned 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino took his talents to Williamsport this summer to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of Little League®, unveiling the official artwork of the 75th Anniversary of Little League on Saturday morning, August 16. Fazzino capped off the celebration by throwing out the first pitch at the night game at the Little League Baseball® World Series, between the Southeast and New England with the help of the fifth graders from Lycoming and Sullivan Counties who helped him create the piece of artwork.
Photo Courtesy of Little League Baseball

“It was a lot of fun,” Fazzino said. “It was an exciting feeling.”
He said it was extra special because he was able to throw out the first pitch with the children who helped him create the drawing.
The drawing features Lamade Stadium with parts of downtown Williamsport and other neighborhood areas surrounding the stadium. This summer’s trip is actually Fazzino’s second trip to the Little League, and he said he finds Williamsport extremely unique. “It’s a nice home town feeling,” he said.
When approaching the drawing, Fazzino said he wanted viewers to get a feeling of what happens at the Little League Baseball World Series. He wanted to mix the downtown area with other neighborhood areas as well.
According to Fazzino’s website, his artwork has been spotlighted in all areas of American culture, from the Super Bowl to Major League Baseball’s All-Star game. Through his artwork, Fazzino has also been able to meet individuals who have left an imprint in American culture and become collectors of his work, from presidents and dignitaries such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Hilary Clinton, to music and sports icons such as Paul McCartney, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan.
Additionally, Fazzino’s work has been shown in over 20 different countries in a variety of disciplines, including cityscape, pop culture, sports, religious, celebrity, and workplace art.
Fazzino said he has gotten used to commemorating special events, and that is part of the appeal of being involved in the 75th anniversary of Little League. He said it is a lot of fun to be involved because of the history of the Little League World Series.
Fazzino said the other aspect of the World Series that has always intrigued him is how children come from around the world to compete in the World Series.
Ultimately, that is what this tournament is all about. Giving children from around the world a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is about giving them the opportunity to compete on a world-stage level in a state of the art complex in front of home town crowd that welcomes them with open arms.
That is what Fazzino’s artwork represents. It celebrates 75 years of pageantry during the greatest week of the summer. It celebrates a town that welcomes baseball players and their parents from all across the nation and all around the world. Every crack of the bat. Every fielded ball is met with bated breath.
Click here to view the Charles Fazzino Photo Gallery from August 16th.