The Cubs Need Another Boner

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Cubs Secret Weapon?

With the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, the pundits are constantly reminding us that they haven’t won a series since 1908. However, they rarely mention that it was because of a boner, a huge one in fact, that enabled the Cubs to even get there.

In brief, here’s the story…

  • By the end of the 1908 season, the Cubs and Giants were in a tight pennant race and were playing a game in New York.
  • The score was tied one-to-one in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants had two outs with runners on first and third.
  • The batter hit a single and the runner from third scored easily. Game over, right? Wrong!
  • Unfortunately, the runner on first, a rookie named Fred Merkle (aka Bonehead Fred) thought it was, so he hightailed it to the clubhouse as Giant fans stormed the field. Problem was, he never touched second base.
  • The alert Chicago second-baseman, Johnny Evers, realized that the play was still live and went about trying to retrieve the ball.
  • At this point, there are numerous accounts as to how he got the ball, but get it he did. Then he tagged second base, Merkle was out, and the run didn’t count.
  • The game was ruled a tie. They replayed it; the Cubs won, thereby getting into the series.

As for Fred Merkle, he will forever be remembered for his colossal boner, which, if nothing else, should have been a pretty good pick-up line. And the moral of the story? You can’t always count on a huge boner, but it sure comes in handy when you need one.

By the way, there’s even a song about this event, albeit from the Giant’s perspective. Go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seGAzusLRQ8

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