This Flag series painting presents American sport. Like the “Late Afternoon Home Run” painting, it employs its lower stripes to suggest the green playing field. Here the field of stars is painted to match the red-hued upper stripes and both are used to suggest twilight. It’s a close play at the plate and the Umpire leans into the action to make his call. This is one of several American ID theme pieces commissioned by aChicagosports bar. — The painting was graciously returned to the artist by the sports bar owner’s family when the owner died in 2011 and the establishment closed.