Nominations are being accepted online for the United States Sports Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” competition. The purpose of the ballot will be to determine the greatest baseball player of all time, and to name the impending new addition by Fairhope sculptor Bruce Larsen to the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park.
Baseball fans can submit their nominations by visiting Greatest Baseball Player of All Time nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, 4 February, 2011. Larsen’s new sculpture will be named after the winner.
Larsen, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, is well known for his found object art. Believing that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Larsen uses scrap metal and other salvage materials to create masterpieces, including some that are displayed on the Academy’s Daphne campus. These include “Borzov” (named after Valeri Borzov, the Russian Olympic sprint champion), “Michael” (named after Michael Jordan, the renowned American basketball player), “Iron Bowl” (depicting American football players), and “Nastia” (named after Nastia Liukin, the Russian Olympic gymnastic gold medalist in the All-Around event).
Founded in 1984, ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and photographs.
The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.