As Baltimore sports franchises made steady strides towards league dominance in their respective arenas, local daily newspapers conveyed the (usually) successful results with illustrations exaggerating the powers of the Colts and Orioles. The answer to Jim Hartzell’s famed Oriole Bird, these (2) original artwork pieces portray the high-powered Colts during their 1964 season. Each is composed in watercolor on thick stock poster board measuring 20x24”. Includes:
October 12, 1964: A colorful proclamation of “COLTS 47 CARDS 27” accents the illustration of a burly Colts player with shotgun in tow watching a bullet-ridden Cardinal plummet into a swamp.
November 8, 1964: If the design reading “COLTS 40 BEARS 24” doesn’t tell the story, the illustration does. A Colts player in a row boat watches a Bear sinking as it is conked in the head by an anchor (no longer attached to the boat, of course). In the background, “NFL CHAMPIONSHIP” is printed on the setting sun. The latter proved prophetic as the Colts advanced to the title game (and were felled by Cleveland) that year.
Consistent with the Colts’ offensive prowess that year, the scores listed were the norm for a team that eclipsed 30 points nine times and 40 points four times. The artist has inscribed “Corcoran” along the lower border of each.