The Dugout - Norman Rockwell Chicago Cubs Plaque - $15 (Chicago)

The Dugout - Norman Rockwell Chicago Cubs Plaque
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  • Price:$15
  • Address:Bryn Mawr and Kedzie Avenues, Chicago, IL 60659 (map)
  • Date Posted:08/30/16
  • Description:
  • Some believe that the Chicago Cubs national image as “lovable losers” began with the Norman Rockwell cover painting for the September 4, 1948 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.

    Rockwell’s “The Dugout” painting depicts a dejected Chicago Cubs bat boy standing morosely in front of the visitor’s dugout as pitcher Bob Rush, manager Charlie Grimm, catcher Al Walker and All-Star pitcher Johnny Schmitz sit glumly in the Cubs dugout behind him as the hometown Boston Braves fans chant a chorus of “boos” from nearby seats.

    The Cubs finished that year in last place in the National League with only 64 wins. On the particular day (May 23, 1948) when Rockwell asked models to pose for the photograph at Boston’s ballpark so that he could paint his picture from the photograph later, he instructed the bat boy to mimic a facial expression showing how he would feel after learning his dog had just died. The Cubs lost both games of a Sunday doubleheader against Boston that day.

    This plaque featuring one of baseball’s most iconic images measures 12 X 11 inches and is in Excellent condition ready to hang.
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