An artist from Philadelphia has drawn a picture of Camden Yards using the name of every person to play for the Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to 2017.
An artist from Philadelphia by the name of Daniel Duffy has drawn a picture of Camden Yards using the name of every single person to play for the Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to 2017.
This is the fourth stadium that Duffy has drawn, the other three being Wrigley Field in Chicago, Yankees Stadium in New York, and Fenway Park in Boston. According to Duffy, he wanted to do that “four most important” stadiums in baseball, which includes Camden Yards.
“[Camden Yards] literally started a stadium revolution,” Duffy told The Baltimore Wire. “It brought that much needed nostalgia back to the game, and its style was more or less copied by tons of other cities in the years following.”
Duffy said that the drawing itself consists of a total of 1,046 names, every single player to make it to the major league level for the Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to 2017.
The whole project took over 70 hours over the course of two weeks to do, “and about 5 of those hours were just planning – finding the right angle, sketching, figuring out how I could work names into the skyscrapers/B&O warehouse, etc.” Duffy said.
Duffy has been doing word art for around nine years now, saying in a YouTube video that he started to impress a girl (who later turned out to be his wife). “Maybe it was for no other reason other than to make her think I was an intellectual even though I was a meathead sports guy,” he told the New York Daily News.
Duffy said that his favorite part of doing these stadiums is “getting to talk to former players or relatives [of] former players, and seeing how thrilled they are when they find their names in the stadiums, especially for guys who only may have played a few games in the majors.”
Duffy doesn’t just do stadiums with his word art, but city skylines and sketches of players too. He has a website where you can purchase these various prints.
He’s also currently got a booth located at the Christmas Village in Baltimore, which is at 501 Light St. in Baltimore if you’re interested in seeing these for yourself.
Built in 1992, Oriole Park at Camden Yards completely changed the trajectory of baseball stadiums in the United States. Prior to the construction of Camden Yards, most ballparks were focused on “multi-purpose” stadiums, stadiums that could be used for all kinds of different events.
Some of these multi-purpose stadiums are still left, like Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Fla. and the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
But Camden Yards changed all of that, starting a trend of retro-classic ballparks in the MLB that includes AT&T Park in San Francisco, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Coors Field in Denver.