National Baseball Hall of Fame offiicials extended kudos not only to
the U.S. Mint in executing the Baseball commemorative coin designs,
but in their development.
Ken Meifert, vice president of sponsorship and development for the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.,
praised the baseball glove obverse design by California artist Cassie
McFarland and the baseball reverse by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver
Donald Everhart II, who sculptured both designs in model form.
As part of the open design competition, Meifert secured the
participation of five Hall of Famers — Brooks Robinson, Joe Morgan,
Ozzie Smith, Dave Winfield and Don Sutton — who independently reviewed
the 178 designs submitted by the public from which McFarland’s design
was ultimately selected.
Meifert said while the designs are simplistic, they strongly
complement one another. They evoke childhood memories of the sport, of
playing catch with a parent or sibling, Meifert said.
McFarland donated to the Hall of Fame and Museum her childhood
baseball glove that inspired the obverse design.
And, according to Meifert, Everhart’s baseball reverse includes the
style of the 108 double stitches that identifies the ball as a Major