Since I had a lot of great source material, I picked out some elements from different places and started to brainstorm new ways to arrange the pieces. This allowed me to create an entirely fictional, but believable composition. It took some trial and error, but after some moving, resizing, adjusting limb angles here and there, the right composition revealed itself.
What I liked about this composition was the inverted V shape it created (demonstrated by the green lines), which focused the eye on home plate. It created a nice tension which left you wondering: is he safe?
It also had an interesting way of pitting Jackie against everyone else in the scene: the opponent who is trying to tag him out, the teammate who is passive but judgmental, and the umpire who will determine his success or failure. In a way, these all kind of represent some of the cultural barriers Jackie was facing at the time, which might have something to do with why the scenes of him stealing home are so iconic.