No one likes a misleading headline, so let me clarify. The headline should read, “Drawing Cingranis.” That is two Cingranis. One big Cingrani and one little Cingrani. Both created on a canvas in the matter of minutes.
Mark Thesken calls it his fun job. The Colerain artist will perform at corporate functions, charity events, church fundraisers and autograph signings, evidently. He calls it live art. He calls himself an artist-in-action.
On Tuesday, at the Sports Gallery in West Chester Township, this speed artist drew Tony Cingrani while the Cincinnati Reds star rookie pitcher signed autographs for hundreds of fans.
The signing event was one of many that have taken place at West Chester sports memorabilia shop. Next Thursday, Aug. 8 from from 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting pitcher Mike Leake and relief pitcher Sam LeCure will participate in a joint signing session at the Sports Gallery. Tickets for that signing session are $45, which includes one autograph from both players.
If you are looking for an autograph of another hard-throwing lefty, Aroldis Chapman will be signing autographs on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Depot located at Newport on the Levee. Tickets for autographs are $49 for photos, flats and baseballs; and $80 for baseball bats and jerseys. There is also a $20 charge for inscriptions. That event is being put together by CEI Sports.
To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
Carriage Hill co-manager Randy Terry will get to show off his family's new housing development in Liberty Township during the 2013 Homearama event scheduled to take place June 8-23. Photo taken by Amie Dworecki.
Homearama set for Liberty Township in 2013- The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati recently announced that Carriage Hill, a housing development in Liberty Township, would be the location for the next Homearama in 2013. In the 50-year history of Homearama, Butler County has hosted 10 home showcases. Last summer, the event in West Chester Township attracted more than 20,000 people.
Lakota junior high fall sports registration deadline looms – Students who want to participate in fall sports at the junior high level in the Lakota school district must register and pay fees by next Friday, June 29, which is more than two weeks earlier than the deadline last summer. Chris Passarge, Lakota’s executive director of business operations, said the date was moved up since there won’t be any staff members at the junior high buildings in July.
Richard Hamilton is retiring after being principal at Lakota West for the past 13 years. Photo taken by Tony Jones.
Lakota losing principals at high rate– Michael D. Clark of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that more than half of Lakota’s principals have left the school district in the last two years partially due to financial woes.
Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta set for July 14 – The third annual Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta is scheduled to set sail once again at Voice of America Park in West Chester Township July 14. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with racing beginning at noon. This year, all the profits from the event will go towards adding a handicapped accessible area to the VOA playground.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman signs an autograph for Reds fan Erik Adamson at the Sports Gallery in West Chester June 21, 2012. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber of WestChesterBuzz.com.
Aroldis Chapman’s signature attracts big crowd- It’s been a tough couple weeks for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, but he clearly hasn’t lost any of the star power he earned in dominating hitters most in the season. As evidence, hundreds of Reds fans lined outside a West Chester sports memorabilia shop Thursday to get a glimpse and a rare autograph from Chapman.
Butler County hires administrator – Sheila McLaughlin reported on Thursday that Charles Young, the former Hamilton deputy city manager, was hired as Butler County’s new administrator. Without a hitch, and despite infighting over the appointment, commissioners unanimously gave Young the $125,000-a-year job.
West Chester to host World Choir Games concert – West Chester Township officials announced that there will be a Friendship Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, as part of the 2012 World Choir Games. The show will take place at The Square at Union Centre and is free to attend.
It’s been a tough couple weeks for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, but he clearly hasn’t lost any of the star power he earned in dominating hitters most in the season.
As evidence, hundreds of Reds fans lined outside a West Chester sports memorabilia shop Thursday to get a glimpse and a rare autograph from Chapman.
After not surrendering an earned run before June 7, Chapman has gone 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA since then, blowing two saves, including Tuesday night on a walk-off home run in Cleveland.
There had been speculation that an aching back had affected the left-hander’s performance. In his appearance at the Sports Gallery on Thursday, however, Chapman dispelled any such talk. Although the Cuba native had difficulty understanding questions he was asked, he clearly understood the one about his health, and pointing to his back declared it “fine.”
Hundreds of Cincinnati Reds fans lined outside a West Chester sports memorabilia shop Thursday to get a glimpse and a rare autograph from closer Aroldis Chapman.
According to the shop’s co-owner Mark Fugate, who opened the Sports Gallery in August of 2010, this is the second public autograph session for Chapman in the past two years. The previous signing event also took place at the Sports Gallery in April of 2011.
“We were very excited to have Chapman back. He doesn’t do public signings very often. Actually both of them have been here and we are quite proud of that,” Fugate said.
“This was probably one of the biggest events we have ever had.”
Chapman, who threw the fastest pitch ever recorded in a Major League Baseball game at 105 mph, has been one of most discussed players on the Reds since he signed in 2010.
“He is definitely mysterious, you can just tell he is still trying to adapt to life here and just the language and everything like that,” Reds fan Erik Adamson said. “It is just a tough barrier for him, especially with all the outside news like the speeding tickets and guy in Florida who is suing him for $18 million or whatever.
“It is tough, because as a Reds fan, we have seen him pitch but we don’t know what he is like off the field.”
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman signs a game-used baseball at the Sports Gallery in West Chester June 21, 2012. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber.
There is also a lot unknown about the value of his autograph.
When Chapman was first called up to the Reds, signed baseballs were going for $100 to $150, according Jeremy Brown, owner of Ultimate Sports Cards and Memorabilia in Las Vegas. Brown, who also makes appearances on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” said the current value of a signed baseball by Chapman is around $40 to $60.
Brown, however, did say that Chapman’s signature has a “higher upside” than most players and should increase in value if he ever becomes a starter.
For an autograph ticket Thursday, Sports Gallery customers had to pay $40 for baseballs and mini helmets; and $55 for bats, jerseys and equipment. However, the actual value of Chapman’s autograph could be the greatest among Cincinnati fans.
“I have seen him six or seven times in person and watching him throw as fast as he does, especially earlier this year … I thought it was a great opportunity to meet him,” Adamson said. “I am at the smallest stage of building my collection, but it was one that I definitely wanted to have.”
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will be in West Chester Thursday night for a signing session at the Sports Gallery, 7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
Aroldis Chapman has his picture taken with Braden Bricking of Springboro. Chapman scooped up Braden and sat him his lap after he couldn't reach the table during a signing event at the Sports Gallery in West Chester April 4, 2011. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber.
During the event, which will take place from 6-to-8 p.m., Chapman will sign flat items, baseballs or mini-helmets for $40; and bats, jerseys or equipment for $55. Additional inscriptions, such as “The Cuban Missile” or “105 MPH 9/24/10”, will cost $10 each.
According to the shop’s co-owner, Mark Fugate, this is only the second autograph session for Chapman during the past two years. The previous signing event took place at the Sports Gallery last April.
“We couldn’t be more excited about having Chapman back at our shop, the event last year sold out and we only have 100 or so tickets left for this years signing,” Fugate said. “With Chapman having the amazing year he is as the Reds closer and looking like he will be in his first all star game, we expect a huge crowd Thursday night.”