[Fred Merkle, New York NL (baseball)] (LOC)

[Fred Merkle, New York NL (baseball)] (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress
Bain News Service,, publisher.

[Fred Merkle, New York NL (baseball)]


1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Original data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards: Merkle safe at 2nd.
Corrected title and date based on research by the Pictorial History Committee, Society for American Baseball Research, 2006.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.11859

Call Number: LC-B2- 2554-9

3 thoughts on “[Fred Merkle, New York NL (baseball)] (LOC)

  1. Based on the box scores of the 1912 Series, I think this is a photo of Merkle stealing second in Game 4. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1912/B10110NY11912.htm

  2. Fred Merkle is probably best known for an unfortunate blunder that he made as a rookie in the heat of the 1908 pennant race between the Cubs and the NY Giants. In a 1-1 game in the bottom of the ninth, with Giants runners on first (Merkle) and third, a Giant player lined a single that brought in the supposed winning run. Giants fans stormed the Polo Grounds field, and in the chaos that ensued a Cubs player stood on second base with the ball. After a hasty conference, the umpires ruled that Merkle never touched second base and was ruled out on a force play. The game ended in a tie, rather than a Giants win, and the Cubs went on to win the pennant and the 1908 World Series. The verb "to Merkle," meaning to leave something incomplete, entered the American lexicon.

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