Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Scoop on Why the Game Wasn't Called

I've never knew the full story behind the Norman Rockwell painting and Saturday Evening Post cover "Game Called Because of Rain" until I did a little digging today. I found the below information on some Web site that offered no particulars about the author, so I don't know who to attribute following description to. Enjoy.

Bottom of the Sixth
April 23, 1949

A most unique feature of Rockwell's sport paintings,
is that they seldom focus on the excitement, struggle,
or emotions of the athletes. This baseball game maybe
called, due to rain, and the picture alone tells the
story. Yet Rockwell does not paint only a story, but
rather, a picture full of real people. Umpires (left
to right) Larry Gaetz, Beans Reardon and Lou Jorda are
about to call the game in 'the bottom of the sixth'.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn manager (and former catcher) Clyde
Sukeforth smiles at Pittsburgh manager Billy Meyer,
for he is delighted with the ceasing rain. (He points
at the sky, indicating that the game will continue and
so will his chance to make up for the one run deficit).
The Pittsburgh outfielders have already taken their
positions. (Dixie Walter is in the bottom left corner).
The picture now hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown, New York.

UPDATE: I'm not satisfied with the information above, and I want to investigate further. It's not that I don't trust the source, it's just I put together that post fairly quickly without taking the time to learn more and examine other sources and avenues. Ok? Ok!

I think that's it for me today. It's Tuesday, and there's no football on TV tonight and the World Series doesn’t get cranked up for another 27 hours or so. However, there is hockey on Versus. The Rangers visit Sid the Kid and the Penguins. I hope there's at least one good fight. I haven't watched much hockey so far this season, and I've yet to see one fight. I guess I need to check out hockeyfights.com and catch up on all the action I've missed so far. Good night, everybody.

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