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?
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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