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DALY: In company with Harper, Griffey, Brian McCall draws more than a blank
Half a century after he hit two homers in a game at age 19, baseball is far, far in his rearview mirror. Except, that is, “when I need to get in a door,” he said. “Then baseball is used. ‘I used to play with the White Sox.’ ‘Come in!’ Everybody wants to meet me.”
In 1993, he and wife, Joanna, had just begun a family and were looking for a place to live. “In Alexandria, you couldn’t even buy a garage for under $250,000,” he said. So when they were visiting her parents in Greensburg, Pa., outside Pittsburgh, they decided to spend $22,000 instead — on a Catholic church that was on the market, Our Lady of Grace.
“We renovated it, and we’ve lived here for the last 17 years. It gave me a big studio downstairs. You know how churches are: big, huge basement.”
Half a century from now, people probably will be drawing portraits of Bryce Harper. But Brian McCall is perfectly content to sketch others. No, it isn’t the afterlife he might have envisioned in 1962.
“Here I am in this economic downturn fighting for survival as an artist,” he said. “But it’s total freedom, at least.”
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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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