Untitled, from the series Baseball
2004 Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor 2017.32.39
George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. is perhaps the most well-known and mythologized player in baseball history. The New York Yankee’s famous “called shot,” evoked in this photograph, was made during game three of the 1932 World Series in Chicago against the Cubs. In the fifth inning, facing insults from opposing players and fans, Ruth appeared to gesture in the direction of center field before launching a deep home run over that fence. Levinthal commissioned a set designer to create the diorama of the infield for this and other Baseball pictures. It was the first time Levinthal had a set specifically created for a project.