The 22nd Inning!


The 22nd inning! S. Christopher James ©June 2022. Before professional baseball was integrated with the signing of Jackie Robinson, black baseball athletes played in what was called the Negro Leagues. Baseball for African Americans began soon after the civil war and enjoyed popularity among various ethnic groups. This depicts an outfielder at night before the addition of nighttime lighting, which started in the Negro Leagues. Since I intended to experiment with chiaroscuro effects, I imagined playing by the lights of automobiles.