Historic Aggie Baseball Pencil
Benjamin Knox Gallery
This art piece was released as part of Benjamin's Texas Aggie Baseball exhibit in 1996, and he did a tremendous amount of research to accurately depict the scene. Benjamin has combed through hundreds of personal photo albums, documents, and yearbooks in his quest to understand Texas A&M history. He spent months at the Corps of Cadets Center and the Cushing Memorial Library. Benjamin found these clear photos of a baseball game being played on the campus in 1905 on the site of what is now Kyle Field. These particular photos led to the development of this interesting composition in pencil of Aggie life in 1905! The Texas A&M campus buildings in the background are no longer in existence. The Old Main Building on the left was destroyed by fire and replaced by the Academic Building in 1914, and the Chapel building on the right was razed in 1928 due to faulty foundation problems. When studying the image closer, you can see the local residents are watching the game from their horse drawn buggy, the outhouse, and the freshmen in the Corps of Cadets are forced to sit directly behind the catcher. The older cadets, with identifiable seniority insignia sit more comfortably in the stands. There are very few left of this unique limited edition fine art print depicting an accurate moment in Aggie history.