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A photo of the famous Fred Merkle game in 1908 has apparently been located

The 1908 Cubs/Giants game in which Fred Merkle failed to touch second base and was eventually called out, forcing the game to be declared a tie and replayed after the season was over, is one of the most famous games in Cubs history. Indeed, it’s one of the most-discussed games in major-league history.

In the more than a century that has passed since that game was played, it has been assumed that there were no photos taken that day available.

Over the weekend SABR researcher Alex Cheremeteff tweeted this photo (reproduced above) that he says is from that game:

9/23/1908: Two outs, bottom of the 9th inning @ the Polo Grounds. 1-1 game and a dead heat for the pennant. Fred Merkle takes his lead off first base as Frank Chance holds him on. Moments later, Merkle’s life would forever be changed.

(Cubs 1, Giants 1) #MerkleGame #NYC pic.twitter.com/8WtmoVP8Rh

— Alex Cheremeteff (@AlexCheremeteff) January 6, 2018

“Moments later.” So why isn’t there a photo, or photos, of the chaotic scene that ensued?

On the website OOTP Developments, a poster who identifies simply as “Merkle923” has a detailed analysis of this photo and why Charles Conlon, perhaps the …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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