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Tough Call: Rockwell Gets It Wrong

by Jed Morrison
(San Antonio, TX)

In the painting, the Brooklyn Manager points to the sky with glee as the umpires feel the first raindrops fall. By the manager's expression (which is Rockwell's strength of course) he is happily pointing out that the game looks like it
will be called because of the advancing rain. But he is behind by one run, and his team is at bat. The game is official! Why would he want the game called without finishing his at bat?


Jed Morrison
San Antonio

Keith's answer:
Hi Jed
I am not a real baseball fan, even though I will sometimes watch it with my mother who loves the Braves. So I consulted some books.

According to my books, the game will not become official unless Brooklyn gets to bat in the bottom half of the inning. The Dodgers manager, Clyde Sukeforth, is happy because the one run advantage that Pittsburgh enjoys at this moment in time will be wiped out.

The consensus (again: I myself do not know baseball) is that Rockwell got the scene correct. He was very meticulous about his details after all.

Thanks, Jed, for contributing!

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Apr 11, 2012
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It's very simple.
by: Anonymous

Brooklyn manager is seeming happy- he's pointing to the sky indicating that the weather is beautiful! It's clearing up! That would give Brooklyn A chance to keep playing

Apr 11, 2012
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It's very simple.
by: Anonymous

Brooklyn manager is seeming happy- he's pointing to the sky indicating that the weather is beautiful! It's clearing up! That would give Brooklyn A chance to keep playing

Sep 02, 2011
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Norman is still wrong :-)
by: Jed Morrison

Keith:

Sorry, but the Official Baseball Rules in Rule 4.10 says a game is complete if called by the umpire after 5 innings are complete (or 4 1/2 innings and the home team is ahead) So Brooklyn is not entitled to finish its at bat in the 6th. The game is official now if called by rain.

Maybe the rules in 1949 required 6 innings to be an official game, which would make Rockwell's scene correct, but my research doesn't show any changes in that rule.

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