The frail legend is captured from behind, his Number 3 and the Yankee pinstripes so visible, as are the fans packed in the decks and the fellow players standing along the first baseline. http://www.vintagephotos.com/Nat%20Fein%20Babe%20Bows%20Out%20Page.htm
Why, I wondered, did Fein choose to shoot him from behind? What is it about the human form that telegraphs so much from the hunch of the shoulders and the set of the legs? Why did Fein forgo the drama of the Babe's face looking up at the adoring crowd?
A sign posted alongside the image said that Fein won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo. The Babe died two months later. I wondered if either of them had any inkling of the fate that was waiting in the wings for them.