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Old 01-09-2018, 09:22 AM
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Keith was pretty clear this was him. Now that he's retired from his GQ gig, his Twitter feed tends to be largely about baseball, collecting, and stray dogs.

Here's his Tweet re: this game

https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/s...21647213441024
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:14 PM
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We sold this one a few years back. At the time a member of SABR contacted me to tell me he thought it was not the game identified on the back and we were set to pull it from the auction, but then after more research the same person found out that it was indeed the "Merkle Playoff Game" as the advertising and such were a match. While not the game of the actual incident, it pictures the playoff game that was necessitated by Merkle not touching second and it is interesting that this one does picture the aftermath it appears. Maybe like one of those movies where there is a little clip after the credits, this photographer stuck around, just in case.

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Old 01-09-2018, 12:30 PM
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Oops. My glass plate negative is from the playoff game. Not the Merkle game.
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Keith was pretty clear this was him. Now that he's retired from his GQ gig, his Twitter feed tends to be largely about baseball, collecting, and stray dogs.

Here's his Tweet re: this game

https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/s...21647213441024
Thanks for the link/tweet. So very cool to think this is a photo of the exact moment before Merkle makes a decision that would alter his life forever (and perhaps contribute to Harry Pulliam's suicide). AND ... the photo was taken by Conlon to boot. Pretty amazing! Thanks again for sharing.
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Thoughts? The photo is purportedly from the camera of Charles Conlon. Interesting read of a picture taken just before Fred became Bonehead.
At ooptdevelopments.com, another poster suggested that the baserunner looks more like Buck Herzog than Fred Merkle, and I agree. Below I have posted a 1908 photo from the Chicago Daily News archive of Herzog, then the baserunner from the "Merkle/Chance" photo, and then Fred Merkle's portrait taken by Carl Horner in 1908. Merkle had a very youthful face that is not evident on the baserunner in the photo with Frank Chance.
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It always comes down to the ears. The original shot is shadowy, so it's tough to tell for sure, but those ears don't look like a match. Unattached lobe vs. more of an attached lobe.

And Merkle had a smaller, kind of 'flat' nose.

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Incredible discovery! It's almost painful looking at that image knowing what's in store for Fred Merkle for the rest of his life.
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Not the Merkle game. After August 1908 the Cubs wore solid black socks (Chicago Daily News 8-21-1908). They were probably also wearing solid black caps at this point.

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