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Portrait of Dave-4


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During Dave’s life, he cycled through a vast majority of the spectrum of baseball: he played, he coached and he umped both baseball and softball. At the time that we met, he was only umping softball.

Dave had stopped being an Umpire for baseball because, “baseball got to be so long and it took longer and longer and longer.” The last baseball game he umped involved the San Diego Padres spring training game against Team Canada and it took about three and a half hours. After that he said, “I’m never going to do this again. And that was the last game of baseball I ever did.”

Dave thought the World Series of 2017 was great, “I was kind of hoping that Houston would win.” But he wasn’t a fan for any particular team, “I grew up in a minor league club, so it was a lot of fun when I was growing up to see all these guys go to the majors, but I don’t really have a team.”

Dave was originally from Rochester, New York, USA. He found himself in California after serving as a missionary in Arizona, then moved to California to join his parents. 

Rochester was famous for the Eastman-Kodak company, the one that made wonderful film, like Kodachrome. He worked there as a machinist and a tool and die maker. I decided to stylize his portrait to look like an old 1960’/1970’s Kodacolor film, to honor his roots.

Not only did Dave work for Eastman-Kodak, but he also played fastpitch softball for the Eastman -Kodak corporate team.

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Portrait of Savaanah


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Savanna was from the Central Valley area in California, but traveled every weekend to play on the softball team named the Cal A’s. She had been playing softball since she was four years old and played shortstop.

Savanna also ran cross-country and played tennis. But softball was her passion, “If all goes as planned, I will get a scholarship with the University of Delaware playing softball.” She wasn’t sure what her major would be.

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Portrait of Chloe


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Chloe played Sarah Adams : Stealth Fastpitch Softball. She played outfield and third base.

Chloe was a ninthe grader who wanted to study Veterinary Sciences when she was attending university. she had had Lhasa Apso/Maltese mix.

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Portrait of Eric-2


In this picture, Eric was participating in a pickup game with his  Rock of Ages church group. As a group, they were playing softball for the first time at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park in Lancaster, California, USA.

The Rock of Ages group had decided to do something different “cuz we always play basketball or soccer.” Some of the people in their group played softball regulary in a league, however, as a group, they were playing together for the first time.

Eric lived in Palmdale, California and was originally from Guerrero, Mexico. When he lived in Mexico, he went to school and helped his father with mostly corn farming.

In Antelope Valley, he worked for FedEx where he both delivered and worked in the back storage, sorting and loading area.

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