Frankovich: Graig Kreindler baseball art re-creates game’s history

From Nichoolas Frankovich at National Review on January 5, 2018, on SABR member Graig Kreindler:

“I believe the lights were on,” wrote Bobby Thomson to Graig Kreindler, who was researching the Shot Heard Round the World, the storied walk-off home run that sent the New York Giants to the World Series five decades earlier. Kreindler knew that the sun was low in the sky behind first base and dimmed by dark clouds when Thomson came to bat a few minutes before 4 P.M. on October 3, 1951, at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan.


Even if Thomson hadn’t hedged his answer, Kreindler would have counted it for what it was: a datum, good to have but not dispositive. He reasoned that the slugger was “in a tight situation”: the tying run on second, the National League pennant on the line, half a city’s hopes pinned on his shoulders. “Does he even notice the lights? I mean, why would he?” After weighing the probabilities, Kreindler, an artist who paints old-time baseball, went ahead and made the banks of rooftop lights glaring, adjusting the shades and shadows on the canvas accordingly.

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Originally published: January 8, 2018. Last Updated: January 8, 2018.