Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fred Merkle, New York Giants (Merkle's Boner)

Title: [Fred Merkle, New York Giants, baseball card portrait] Other Title: Card set: Gold Borders (T205) Related Names: American Tobacco Company , sponsor.

Date Created/Published: 1911. Medium: 1 photomechanical print. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-bbc-1409f (digital file from original, front) LC-DIG-bbc-1409b (digital file from original, back)

Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Access Advisory: Restricted access: Materials in this collection are extremely fragile and cannot be served.

This IMAGE (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 (in this case 1908) are now in the public domain.

Call Number: LOT 13163-25, no. 67 [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Fred Merkle, New York Giants (Merkle's Boner)Notes:

Baseball card title devised by Library staff.
Issued by: American Tobacco Company.
Forms part of: Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection.

Merkle, Fred (Team member)
New York Giants
New York
National League
first baseman

Baseball cards--1910-1920.
Photomechanical prints--1910-1920.

Baseball Cards

Part of: Baseball cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection.

On September 23, 1908 the New York Giants in a game against the Chicago Cubs, 19 years old (the youngest player in the National League), Merkle committed a baserunning error known as "Merkle's Boner" that earned him the nickname "Bonehead."

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Merkle came to bat with two outs, and the score tied 1-1. Moose McCormick was on first base. Merkle singled and McCormick advanced to third. Al Bridwell, the next batter, followed with a single. McCormick came home, apparently scoring the winning run. The fans, under the impression that the game was over, ran onto the field.

Merkle, thinking the game was over, ran to the Giants' clubhouse without touching second base. Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers noticed, and after retrieving a ball and touching second base he appealed to umpire Hank O'Day to call Merkle out. Since Merkle had not touched the base, the umpire called him out on a force play, McCormick's run did not count.

The run being nullified, the Giants' "victory" was erased, and the game remained tied. The thousands of fans on the field as well as the darkness in the days before lighted stadiums prevented resumption of the game that was declared a tie. The Giants and the Cubs ended the season tied for first place. On October 8, the Cubs won the makeup game, 4-2, and the National League pennant.

TEXT RESOURCE: Merkle's Boner

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