Memorable Baseball Moments- The Snodgrass Muff- 1912 World Series Game 8- October 16, 1912.
Ok the first thing you- Game 8 of a World Series? In 1912 the second game of the World Series went into extra innings- tied- no lights- darkness arrives and the game is a tie- no result. So the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox tied at three games apiece go to an eighth and deciding game on October 16, 1912 at Fenway Park in Boston.
The score had been tied after 9 innings- the Giants scored in the 10th- on a hit from the 1908 goat- Fred Merkle. So with a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 10th the Giants ace pitcher Christy Matthewson faced pinch-hitter Clyde Engle to lead it of. Engle hit a easy fly ball to right-center field where Giants center fielder Fred Snodgrass camped under it- the ball bounced out of his glove and fell to the ground- Engle made it to second base. Things fell apart for the Giants from that point and the Red Sox would score two runs to win the game and the World Series. For the rest of his life Snodgrass would be haunted by his error. Even in death it wouldn’t end- when Fred Snodgrass died at the age of 86 in 1974 the New York Times headline read- Fred Snodgrass 86: Ball Player Muffed 1912 Fly
That is sad…I can imagine Merkle talking to him although Snodgrass’s error was in the World Series.
In the interviews for The Glory Of Their Times- old time ballplayers and teammates come to the defense of both Merkle and Snodgrass.
The Glory of Their Times? I’ll have to look that up. I don’t think I know it off the top of my head.
I’m glad they did that.
Lawrence Ritter in the mid 1960s went around interviewing players from the early days- the book is great- and a while back they put out a multi disc CD with some of the interviews- great hearing the old ballplayers talking and reminiscing.
I’ll have to get that. Seems like I heard of it before but I can’t promise that. Thanks Hans.
I just found it on Audible…it’s 4 hours…I’m grabbing it.
Just like Bill Buckner will always be remembered for booting Mookie Wilson’s routine ground ball in the ‘86 series.