Some of the great interpreters of sport as an art form have been lost in recent years.
But there was nobody like LeRoy Nieman. He was the kind of person who was so brilliant that he could start a painting at the beginning of a sporting event like the Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Olympics, and have a finished work by the time the network signed off.
He washed his figures with splashy colors, a combination of impressionism and pop art that was unique in the art world.
Indeed, so unique that there may not be another like him ever again, especially given what people can do these days with computers, a mouse, or even an app on a smartphone.
We’ll change our masthead logo every day for the rest of this month in his honor.