August 7th, 2010
Tim Wakefield and the famous Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters take the field to tribute Tim’s masterful knuckleball pitch. This unique opportunity to own a limited edition fine art lithograph or a limited edition hand-painted cel, both personally signed by Red Sox great Tim Wakefield, will raise funds for Pitching in for Kids.
The first Major League Baseball pitcher to be featured in a Warner Bros. animated limited edition, Tim Wakefield joins an elite group of sports legends, including Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, Derek Jeter and Drew Brees, who have all been featured in a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes limited edition.
The animation depicts Knuckleball master, Tim Wakefield, launching his “difficult-to-hit” pitch to Daffy Duck who “winds up” completely “Knuckled Under by Wakefield.” Daffy mutters, “What a despicable pitch to hit!” as Tweety gets the ride of his life. Since there’s been no action in the outfield, Bugs Bunny burrows his way to the infield to watch his pal Tim strike out Daffy, again! Meanwhile, tempting the Road Runner with free bird seed, Wile E. Coyote prepares to tag out his rival’s attempt to steal third base. This should make for an explosive play!
Knuckled Under by Wakefield combines the talent of ten Warner Bros.’ artists and designers using the traditional hand-drawn and hand-painted process of animation, making this art truly exceptional. Animation art, recognized and exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, is a popular and respected American art form. Characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Tweety are American icons that have entertained audiences for generations.
The limited edition fine art lithograph, one of only 2500, are $345.00 and the limited edition hand-painted cel, limited to 500, are $1195.00. Both pieces are custom framed, personally signed by Wake, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Tim Wakefield is well known throughout MLB and New England as one of the most charitable players both on and off the field, is an advocate and active participant of New England’s Pitching in for Kids. Currently the longest-serving member of the Red Sox team, Tim recently threw his 2000th strikeout, making him the 64th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to do so. He has also pitched more innings than any other Red Sox player and has tied Roger Clemens for the most starts for the Boston Red Sox.
About Pitching in for Kids: The inspiration of local business owners Carol Troxell and Sara Youngelson (pictured here with Wake on his Birthday, August 2, when he made a on-field presentation at Fenway Park), who wanted to give back to their community, PIFK was established in 2004 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children across the New England region. The organization raises funds by hosting unique events with prominent regional athletic figures. Tim Wakefield has been an advocate and active participant since PIFK’s inception. You can read a personal note from Wake here…