Friday, March 03, 2000

Print keeps coach's story ticking

Proceeds benefit Heart Association

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati artist Loren Long was touched by the story of “Bailey's Boys,” which he illustrated for Sports Illustrated's July 5, 1999, issue.

        Mr. Long's painting got a double-page spread, but he didn't want that to end the story of Bailey Santistevan, a colorful and much-loved man who coached a boys baseball team in a Utah mining town from 1928 to 1954.

        “He did more than coach baseball. He taught those boys responsibility and ethics. He touched those kids' lives in a certain way,” Mr. Long says. “You know Don Gust, who is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds, was one of Bailey's Boys.”

        Mr. Long has turned his painting into a print, in an edition limited to 300 copies, and donated it to support the American Heart Association. Mr. Long did the poster for the association's mini marathon a few years ago, which won the Illustrator's Society gold medal in 1998.

        “It's a win-win situation,” Mr. Long says. “The art was already done, so it was just a matter of getting it printed.” The Nielsen Co. donated the printing.

        The print will be unveiled Saturday. at the Heart Association's Heart Ball. It is available for $125 from the American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati OH 45219. 281-4048.


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