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Chicago White Sox fans know and love Mark Buehrle. After all, there are few pitchers who can boast pitching a perfect game (only 23 in MLB history!).
The Chicago White Sox commissioned Ron Kittle, Chairman of Ron Kittle Charities, Ambassador for the Chicago White Sox, and 1983 American League Rookie of the Year, to create a commemorative piece for Buehrle.
As an artist, he designs sports art pieces and other creative items (including custom benches). Most of his work consists of commissioned sculptures and limited artistic pieces.
Kittle says he’s always designed and created things, even in his MLB days. Projects range from simple designs, to gifts and award-winning pieces. When it comes to his work, his philosophy is simple:
Kittle was introduced to Cushing by Account Manager Christine Fetting. The two have worked together in the past, and have become good friends over the years.
Some balls had the Sox logo on them, others represented milestones in Buehrle’s life and career. Having a great relationship with Christine Fetting was a huge help during the production process.
“There were questions along the way, but knowing Christine Fetting, we discussed everything that came up so there weren’t any major challenges or issues. I showed Cushing my design and how to move forward, and they did a great job. I expected nothing but the best, because I expect the best out of me. Very pleased with the start to finish.”
When Buehrle Day finally came at Guaranteed Rate Field, the piece was unveiled by Chicago White Sox Chairman of the Board Jerry Reinsdorf.
You can watch the entire ceremony here (or skip ahead to 21:25 to see the Kittle/Cushing project being unveiled!)
Did Cushing hit one out of the park? Kittle thought so:
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