A Tie for the Record
If you can't give Mark McGwire's 62nd home run ball as a holiday gift, here's a fallback: neckwear inspired by the artwork of the new home run king. Stonehenge Ltd., the New York City company that brought out the Jerry Garcia collection, has created a McGwire special edition tie as part of its Jimmy V line of ties, which is based on art by sports figures.
Over the summer, at Stonehenge's request, McGwire did a pen-and-ink sketch that Stonehenge designers interpreted to produce the final objet d'art. Artistic license was obviously at work: While the slugger's serene image (below, right), which could be described as "sunset with seagulls," stands firmly in the Romantic landscape genre, the final product, though drawing on McGwire's use of color (he used a blue ballpoint pen) and form, owes as much to the abstract figuration of Frank Stella.
The neckpiece retails for $35. A portion of the proceeds benefit the V Foundation, the cancer-research group established by former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano shortly before his death in 1993.