This piece commemorates the New Testament story of The Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples in the “upper room”…
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.’ Mark 14:22-24
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This piece commemorates the 2012 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats.
The team consisted of superstar freshman Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as well as the under-rated floor general Marquis Teague and stretch forward Kyle Wiltjer. The upperclassmen led by Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and senior Darrius Miller provided invaluable leadership.
Note: Due to Calipari’s horrible “One and Done” system this will be his last title, so I hope you enjoyed 2012.
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Nerlens Noel’s truncated college basketball career ended in his first season with a tear of his ACL at the University of Kentucky. Noel was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He plays center and power forward, and was one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2012.
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This alternative movie poster piece commemorates the classic crime thriller, The French Connection. In 1971 director William Friedkin and producer Philip D’Antoni teamed up to adapt and fictionalize the 1969 non-fiction book by Robin Moore. The film stars the great Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The story centers around New York Police Department detectives “Popeye” Doyle and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo.
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Bunning pitched from 1955 to 1971, most notably with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1959, the right-hander struck out the side, throwing the minimum nine pitches as a reliever in the top of the ninth inning of Detroit’s 5–4 loss to Boston at Briggs Stadium. Sammy White, Jim Mahoney and Ike Delock were the victims of his immaculate inning. When Bunning retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; he currently ranks 17th.
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Howard Bruce Sutter was a fantastic right-handed relief pitcher and closer. He was said to be the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. He dominated in the late 1970s and early 1980s becoming the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times (1979–1982, 1984). In 1979, Sutter won the NL’s Cy Young Award as the league’s top pitcher. 1982 he helped the Cardinals win the World Series and appropriately closed out the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven. This piece commemorates that accomplishment.
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George Herman “Babe” Ruth, aka “The Bambino”, aka “The Sultan of Swat” began his career as a stand out left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.6897), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand today. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its “first five” inaugural members. This piece commemorates his legendary season and the Yankees legendary season of 1927.
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Jackson was nicknamed “Mr. October” for his clutch hitting in the postseason with the Athletics and the Yankees. He helped Oakland win five consecutive American League West divisional pennants, three consecutive American League pennants, and three consecutive World Series titles, from 1971 to 1975. Jackson helped New York win four American League East divisional pennants, three American League pennants, and two consecutive World Series titles, from 1977 to 1981. He also helped the California Angels win two AL West divisional pennants in 1982 and 1986. Jackson hit three consecutive home runs at Yankee Stadium in the clinching game 6 of the 1977 World Series. This piece commemorates that accomplishment.
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George Brett’s 1980 batting average of .390 is second only to Tony Gwynn’s 1994 average of .394 for the highest single-season batting average since 1941. Brett also recorded 118 runs batted in, while appearing in just 117 games; it is the first instance of a player averaging one RBI per game (in more than 100 games) since Walt Dropo thirty seasons prior. He led the American League in both slugging and on-base percentage. This piece commemorates George’s incredible MVP season of 1980 as he led the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 World Series.
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Thomas Charles “Tommy” Lasorda marked his sixth decade in one capacity or another with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest discontinuous (he played one season with the Kansas City Athletics) tenure anyone has had with the team, edging Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully by a single season. In his 21 seasons at the helm of the Dodgers, Tommy racked up 1599 wins, 4 National League pennants and two World Series Championships in 1981 and 1988. This piece commemorates those two championship seasons in the eighties led by Tommy Lasorda.
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To say Johnny Lee Bench caught for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 is like saying Evel Knievel used to ride a motorcycle in a jumpsuit. Simply put, he took the catcher position to a whole new place. A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, Johnny was the on-field leader of “The Big Red Machine”. His 389 home runs and 1,376 RBIs were enough to enshrine him in Cooperstown but his work behind the plate is what made him him the greatest catcher in baseball history. Johnny had a monopoly on the National League Gold Glove award from 1968 through 1977. This piece commemorates that accomplishment.
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Denton True “Cy” Young (March 29, 1867 – November 4, 1955) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 22-season baseball career (1890–1911), he pitched for five different teams. Young established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for a century. Young compiled 511 wins, which is most in Major League history and 94 ahead of Walter Johnson, second on the list. Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. This piece commemorates that accomplishment.
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