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Up close and personal photo of the man with the most unfortunate-sounding legacy in baseball history – Fred Merkle, whose base running blunder in 1908 cost the Giants the pennant. From that day on, the play became known as “Merkle’s Boner.” It happened on Sept. 23, 1908. Merkle, on first, failed to touch second after an apparent game-winning base hit against the Cubs, instead turning back toward the dugout when he saw the run cross the plate. Johnny Evers got the ball and stepped on second, claiming a force-out which negated the winning run. With the fans already swarming the field, the game could not be continued and had to be replayed, whereupon the Cubs won it and the flag. Merkle, just 19 at the time, never lived his “boner” down though he played 15 big-league seasons. 6 x 9.5” photo of a pensive Merkle is blank on back except for a handwritten “Merkle” on a sheet of backing paper partially torn away. Nice sharp photo is EX w/a small tear on the lower left corner and trace damage along the edges.
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