On October 16, 1912 –At Fenway Park, game 8 was played as a make up for a game 2 tie.
Christy Mathewson faces off vs Hugh Bedient. Bedient pitched 7 solid innings of 1 run ball. Mathewson was his equal through 7.
Bedient was replaced by Smokey Joe Wood, who got pounded for 7 runs in the first inning the day before. They traded goose eggs for 2 innings and Fred Merkle who made a famous blunder singled in Red Murray. (Check out the Merkle Boner)
In the bottom of the 10th Giants Fred Snodgrass’ made a two-base error off pinch-hitter Clyde Engle’s routine pop fly in center field sets up the tying run when Steve Yerkes walked, Tris Speaker give second life after a pop up falls between Merkle and Mathewson, Speaker then shouted, “Well, you just called for the wrong man and it’s gonna cost you the ball game!”, Speaker promptly singled to right field scoring Engle and both moved up on an error. After an intentional walk to Duffy Lewis, Larry Gardner will win the game on a sacrifice fly.
The 3-2 Red Sox victory over the Giants and win there second championship. The play, which becomes infamously known as “Snodgrass’ Muff,” is followed by his spectacular catch of a long drive hit by Harry Hooper, but the 20 year-old outfielder historically becomes known as the goat in the Fall Classic.
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