It all started more than a half century ago when this old-timer was a young child flipping through channels on our old black and white television set. To my amazement, I saw helmetless skaters chasing a small black puck around a sheet of ice trying to get it past a padded masked goalie. From that moment on a childhood hockey hero of mine was born. Stan Mikita scored a goal that magically made red lights flash and horns sound, as I was then hooked! The Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Rangers 8-2 and I became a fan of the game forever.
Growing up in Southwest Michigan the only sports network at that time was watching WGN Chicago sports. I clearly remember the first baseball game I watched when Rick Monday homered onto Sheffield Avenue. But was even more memorable was the TV announcer Jack Brickhouse excitedly shout “Hey, Hey” with cow bells clanking! Again, I was addicted to that game and all the other professional sports that followed. What always remained throughout the years was my loyalty to the Sports City that I grew up watching.
I’ve always had a passion for art growing up as well. Back in the 70s when I was 10 years old, I remember the White Sox unveiling their new logo to my disappointment. I thought I could do better and started drawing dozens of different logo ideas that I wanted to mail out to the organization. I had fun using my crayon skills back then and hoped someday I could turn my passion of sports and art into something I love.
Fast forward to today and Retro League Art was born thanks to the encouragement of my sports-raised loving family who also help out with design ideas! This is where our lifelong fanatical obsession for Sports meets our family's love for art and design.
It is our sincere hope that our retro style artwork will bring magic and a bit of nostalgic to your walls! Since this oldie also grew up using folding pocket road maps, we thought it would be a cool idea to combine vintage maps with sports team images making it a truly unique piece of art. We take pride in every design that we create and if you can’t find your favorite sports team please reach out to us for a custom request.
Thank you for visiting our shop and finding us on the map. We hope our artwork will be enjoyed for many seasons to come and be the conversation piece that will be the talk of your home!