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153. (SOLD OUT) "The Whiz Kids" 7" x 10.5" Art Print

153. (SOLD OUT) "The Whiz Kids" 7" x 10.5" Art Print

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The latest Pop Fly print is in the shop for the next 2 weeks.

The story of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies, "The Whiz Kids," is a tapestry of youthful exuberance, underdog triumphs, and the quintessential spirit of baseball. This Phillies team wasn't just young; they were audaciously young. With an average age that made them more akin to a college squad, they brought an invigorating energy to the Major League.

In the center of this whirlwind were Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts. Ashburn, with his boyish charm and lightning-quick legs, turned base hits into spectacles. Roberts, wielding a pitching arm that seemed wise beyond its years, anchored the team with performances that were as clutch as they were masterful.

Their season read like a script from a feel-good sports movie. The Phillies, not seriously considered as contenders when the season began, kept defying odds. Game after game, they played with a mix of skill and guts, often winning in ways that left their fans in a state of joyous disbelief.

The climax of this saga came in a tense pennant race against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was a face-off steeped in drama, culminating in a showdown that felt more like destiny than mere sport. When the dust settled, the Phillies emerged victorious, their win as exhilarating as it was unexpected.

But the fairy tale didn't have the happy ending in the World Series. Facing the New York Yankees, a team steeped in championship pedigree, the Whiz Kids found themselves outmatched. They were swept in four games, a conclusion that, while anticlimactic, couldn't overshadow the magic of their journey.

In retrospect, the 1950 Phillies are more than a baseball team that had a surprising run. They encapsulated an era, a post-war America, where optimism started to bloom again. Their story resonates not because of the final outcome, but because of the way they played the game – with heart, with joy, and with a youthful spirit that reminded everyone why they fell in love with baseball in the first place.

Their legacy lies not in the World Series they couldn't win, but in the hearts of fans they won over. In a sport that often venerates experience and cynicism, the Whiz Kids stood as a testament to the sheer beauty of youthful daring and the enduring belief that sometimes, just sometimes, the long shots can make it.

This 7 x 10.5" art print will be available for purchase between now and 12/17/23, after which it is retired forever. The artwork is estimated to ship between 40-60 days after the purchase window closes. This is not a guaranteed timeline, only an estimate.

Our art prints (not a comic book) is printed on double-thick card stock & come packaged in all the nostalgia you can ask for. The art print is a pre-order item for sale for one week only and then the print is retired and the print run is locked.  

 

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A new piece of art each week -- a sports-themed 7” x 10.5” double-thick cardstock art print of an original artist-made piece of art. That's right, this isn't a comic book, it's just one piece of fun sports-themed nostalgia at a time. There are 20 different art prints released in a season (1 per week) and once they're gone… they're gone! From then on they'll only be available at higher cost on the secondary market.

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Daniel is the artist that designs all of our Pop Fly Pop Shop prints. Every piece is made with purposeful intentionality and thoughtful effort. Daniel is a storyteller, and during every drop, he is able to showcase the player’s journey and important moments from their career. The art prints do not simply focus on the player's image but about the entire path that has led them to the big leagues.