PUBLIC ART

Joe Becker Stadium Mural

Title: Joe Becker Stadium Mural

Artist(s): Missouri Southern State University’s Focal Point

Location: Joe Becker Stadium (300 South High Street)

Date Completed: August 2015

Artist Statement: America’s favorite pastime has been a long-standing tradition in the Joplin community. In the fall of 2015, Leadership Joplin partnered with Missouri Southern State University’s art club, Focal Point, to pay homage to Joplin’s baseball history. The product of this collaboration was an 8-foot by 16-foot, hand-painted mural depicting Mickey Mantle and Joe Becker, two baseball greats who have deep roots in Joplin. The mural resides in Joe Becker Stadium, where Mantle and Becker’s images serve as inspiration for the area’s collegiate summer baseball club, the Joplin Outlaws.