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Norman Rockwell Baseball Print BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
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Original/Reproduction: Artwork Reproduction Style: Realism
Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Date of Creation: 1900-1949
Edition Type: Open Edition Signed?: Unsigned
Print Type: Offset Lithograph Size Type/ Largest Dimension: Medium (Up to 30")
Subject: Figures, Portraits


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Norman Rockwell Baseball Print BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH

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Bottom of the Sixth
(Also: Game Called Because of Rain; The Three Umpires)
Norman Rockwell

The Saturday Evening Post Cover - April 23, 1949
(Copyright) Curtis Publishing Company
Print Size: 11-1/2" X 14-1/2"
Image Size: Approximately 10-3/8" X 11-1/4"

Our two Rockwell experts disagree on what is happening in this painting. Finch says that "the Brooklyn manager is delighted because the rain appears to be ending, and the game will not be called . . ." Stoltz tells us that "the Brooklyn manager, pointing to the lowering sky, is delighted by the fact that his opponents, the Pittsburgh Pirates, are ahead by one run, because the score will not become official unless Brooklyn gets another opportunity to bat in the bottom half of the inning."

"Official Rules of Baseball - 4.00 Starting and Ending A Game - 4.10 (a) A regulation game consists of nine innings, unless . . . or shortened - (2) because the umpire calls the game. - (c) If a game is called, it is a regulation game: - (1) If five innings have been completed; . . ."

Based on the present rules of baseball and the scoreboard, Finch appears to be correct. The game is official because five innings have been completed and the only chance the Dodgers have is for the game to continue.

All this "figurin' out" was hard work! I'd rather just enjoy this cool baseball picture: the two managers at each other's face; the three stalwart umpires contemplating the heavens; and the outfielders, hands on hips, waiting for a decision to be made.

I received an email from a fellow ebayer regarding this print: "Just thought I'd throw some info your way regarding the Rockwell print you have titled as 'Bottom of the Sixth.' According to a National Baseball Hall of Fame book I have, the original painting was titled 'The Three Umpires.' The original was donated to the Hall of Fame by Mr. Rockwell and The Saturday Evening Post.. The umpires faced with the decision regarding the rain are, from the left, Larry Goetz, John (Beans) Reardon and Lou Jorda. Reardon, umpire-in-chief, refused to advise Mr. Rockwell regarding the status of the weather or the game. I have a framed copy of the print and I was checking other auctions for it when I came across yours. Hope you don't mind the input. Best of luck. Bob W....."

I replied to Bob, "Thanks a lot for your comments. I was aware of the names of the umpires and the alternate name of the painting (most of Rockwell's paintings have been given several names over the years), but I didn't know that the National Hall of Fame book refered to the painting as "The Three Umpires". The two expert Rockwell comentators that I rely on - Christopher Finch and Donald and Marshall Stoltz disagree on the name of the painting. Finch calls it "Bottom of The Sixth" and the Stoltz brothers refer to it (correctly, it appears) as "The Three Umpires". The prints that I sell have "Bottom of The Sixth" printed on the bottom, so it looks like I'm stuck with that name. In my description of the painting, I do list "The Three Umpires" as an alternate title. I did not know that Reardon refused to advise Rockwell about the status of the weather or the game. I'll add this fact to my description the next time I update it. I have to admit, I spent more time (in researching baseball rules) on this description than any other I've written. I appreciate your comments, Bob.

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THESE QUALITY VINTAGE PRINTS were published in 1977. The prints are copyrighted by the publisher and are not reproductions made by us. The prints are in very good to mint condition.

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