View Full Version : I Call My Cane “Merkle”
12-19-2002, 10:04 PM
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12-20-2002, 01:49 AM
That's some fine writing, Tim. A fresh look at Fred Merkle. And it works very well!
12-20-2002, 09:30 AM
A very good essay. I've always felt bad for Merkle. That NL pennant race is about as good a race as you can have. Maybe the Cubbies have the curse of Merkle?
12-20-2002, 10:00 AM
Wonderful essay. A shame that Merkle is still only remembered for his "boner", even after all these years. Amazing how history chooses to remember things sometimes......
12-20-2002, 10:51 AM
A great opening 1st 2 lines! :thumb:
I also loved the warning before the quote from Chance.
Excellent job over all!
12-20-2002, 11:19 AM
Excellent research and well written.
12-20-2002, 12:45 PM
Outstanding. This season deserves a movie.
And PETA would get all over Honus now.
I hope the Cubs can win a series before the drought reaches a century!
12-20-2002, 01:08 PM
It was a very interesting season to be assigned. While familiar with the subject matter, it really was something to begin to unravel.
I agree with Smed... in the right hands it would make a tremendous movie. It's quite a drama.
Thanks, all, for the kind words. I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed digging into it.
12-23-2002, 03:25 AM
very nice job, though you made one mistake on the standings as of Aug 31. It should have read:
New York 69-45 --
Chicago 71-47 --
Pittsburgh 70-47 ˝
12-23-2002, 12:39 PM
Excellent essay, the best yet!
I had never heard that the Merkle play had a preamble, involving both Hank O'Day and Johnny Evers.
12-25-2002, 12:40 AM
Really fine essay - the 1908 NL race was one of the two or three best in baseball history
01-08-2003, 04:25 PM
Excellent TimmyB, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've always felt bad for Merkle. It's amazing how easily people put aside facts, since, as you put it "Even without the Merkle game, had New York won the replay, or any one game against Harry Coveleski, the pennant would have been theirs. They didn’t." It's the same with Bill Buckner. I'm always amazed how people seem to eliminate/conveniently forget the fact that there was a game 7.
01-29-2003, 11:09 PM
Outstanding! A tribute to one of the oddest finishes a season ever had, & it's nice to see Fred Merkle get his due. Wonderful job.
01-31-2003, 04:31 AM
CCLIB's from Yukon ... good to see Garth Brooks on the forum! Knew he had some free time these days :)
01-31-2003, 06:45 AM
Hey, I have more hair than he does.
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