A report on Johnny Evers and Merkle's Boner

Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910
Fred Merkle
Evers with the Cubs, circa 1910
An estimated 20,000 fans watched the game.
A 1911 Johnny Evers T205 Tobacco Card
Story headline in The New York Times
Standings of the National League prior to the replaying of the tied game

Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers saw an opportunity to have the rule enforced.

- Merkle's Boner

During the 1908 pennant race, Evers alerted the umpires to Fred Merkle's baserunning error in a game against the New York Giants, which became known as "Merkle's Boner".

- Johnny Evers
Evers with the Chicago Cubs in 1910

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Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908

Joe Tinker

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American professional baseball player and manager.

American professional baseball player and manager.

Tinker with the Chicago Cubs in 1908
Joe Tinker baseball card, 1912
Joe Tinker in a Coca-Cola ad from 1913
Charles Weeghman (left), James A. Gilmore (center), and Tinker (right) at the groundbreaking ceremony for Weeghman Park in 1914
Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida

With the Cubs, Tinker was a part of a great double-play combination with teammates Johnny Evers and Frank Chance that was immortalized as "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" in the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".

In the game characterized by Merkle's Boner, Tinker hit an inside-the-park home run against Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants, prior to Fred Merkle's baserunning gaffe.

1908 World Series

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The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series.

The 1908 World Series matched the defending champion Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 1907 Series.

This was the year of the infamous "Merkle's Boner" play that allowed the Chicago Cubs to reach the World Series after beating the New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants) in a one-game "playoff", actually the makeup game for the tie that the Merkle play had caused.

After a ground-rule double and groundout, RBI singles by Jimmy Sheckard and Johnny Evers and an RBI triple by Frank Schulte (the last two hits coming off after stolen bases) scored a run each.

Merkle in 1908

Fred Merkle

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American first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1907 to 1926.

American first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1907 to 1926.

Merkle in 1908
Merkle's baseball card

Although he had a lengthy career, he is best remembered for a controversial base-running mistake he made as a rookie while still a teenager.

Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers noticed this, and after retrieving a ball and touching second base, he appealed to umpire Hank O'Day, who later managed the Cubs, to call Merkle out.