A Day in the Bleachers | by Arnold Hano | Mark Ulriksen

A Day in the Bleachers | by Arnold Hano | Mark Ulriksen

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A play-by-play by Arnold Hano
With 14 illustrations by Mark Ulriksen

Signed by the author and the artist

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Arnold Hano decided, on the night before the opening game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians, to try to get into the bleachers. During this game, Willie Mays made his legendary over-the-shoulder catch deep in center field, known ever after as “The Catch”. The Giants won in ten innings and went on to win the series.

A Day in the Bleachers was written with seeming ease in a few short weeks after the game. This account of one of the most famous games in the history of the sport, told from the perspective of a fan in the stands, soon came to be recognized as a classic of the genre.

San Francisco artist and illustrator Mark Ulriksen is the creator of over sixty witty covers for the New Yorker. For this edition, he created fourteen paintings in egg tempera on board in multiple widths: one-, two-, and three-panel foldout illustrations of incidents in the book. Thirteen were painted in shades of white to blue-grey to black; one is in full color. The endpapers show the complete box score, and the running heads keep track of the score as the game, and book, progresses.

Production Details 

  • Edition of 400 numbered copies for sale

  • Large octavo, 11 by 7-1/2 inches, 172 pages

  • Bound with red thread, in full blue cloth with inset illustration

  • Arion Press publication #76, 2006

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The Print

“The Catch” was printed in continuous tone on an Epson 4000 inkjet printer at a scale of ninety-five percent of the size of the original painting.

  • 40 numbered and signed copies for sale, unframed

  • Image is 13-1/8 by 33-3/4”

  • Archival paper measuring 17 by 37-3/8”

  • $500; sold only with a copy of the book

    Please contact us directly if you are interested in “The Catch” print.