Among the 19 pitchers with a World Series-clinching strikeout are Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter, Jesse Orosco and Tug McGraw. The Tugger's came on a 1-2 fastball past Willie Wilson, and it brought the house down as Vet Stadium erupted in pandemonium, and as McGraw and Schmidt leaped in triumphant joy. Duffy's text begins with "APR 11TH VS MON W 6-3" and ends with "PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES WIN 1980 WORLD SERIES 4-2."
A rising star on the sports art scene, Daniel Duffy literally paints with words. Through MLB.com, stadium shops, show appearances and his website, he has sold over 10,000 portrait prints featuring his unique brand of text art—yet fewer than a dozen of his original works have ever come to auction. Of those, this quartet ('56 Yankees, '80 Phillies, '86 Mets and '14 Giants) represents the first public offering of Duffy's popular "Road to the World Series" project, in which he meticulously depicts championship celebration scenes using the entire season's game log of dates, locations, results and scores. (Even the pinstripes are intricately composed of data!) Each piece appears on art-board and is signed and dated by Duffy.