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Kadir Nelson
Down the Line
Medium: Oil on panel

2020 was the year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Baseball Leagues. I chose to paint the historic contest between the Birmingham Black Barons and the Montgomery Greys. Here, pinch-hitter Harry Salmon knocks the ball down the first base foul line toward the outfield before falling out of play. Salmon smashed the following pitch toward left field that fell fair, sending in the winning run, breaking up the tie and ending the long stalemate.

Client: The JKBN Group, LLC.

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