—Night Baseball, Marjorie Phillips, 1951 or 1952, oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 36 in., The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
This painting is another one of my favorites. Marjorie Acker Phillips, wife of Duncan Phillips, founder of the The Phillips Collection in Washington, D. C., painted this picture of Joe DiMaggio at bat during a Washington Senators night game versus the New York Yankees. Lights at the ballpark and night games were a new thing then. I am posting this in honor of the first game of the 2010 American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and the Yankees. The Senators moved from Washington to Minnesota, and then another franchised incarnation became the Senators. The second Senators franchise moved to Texas in 1972 and became the Rangers.