More Than Merkle: A History of the Best and Most Exciting Baseball Season in Human History

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1 Baseball Turned Upside Down
The 1906 World Series

No club that wins a pennant once is an outstanding club. One which bunches two pennants is a good club. But a team which can win three in a row really achieves greatness. — John McGraw

New York Giants manager John McGraw never forgave the Cubs for what happened in 1906. His 1905 World Champion Giants were one of the strongest teams in baseball history. The '05 club was among McGraw's favorites because it was the first National League team to defeat the despised upstart American League in a World Series. The Giants had refused to play Boston in the 1904 World Series out of contempt, scorn, and outright hatred of the American League and its president, Ban Johnson.

McGraw's animus toward Johnson was due to their relationship when the Giants manager had been skipper of the American League Baltimore Orioles. The two clashed frequently over McGraw's abuse of umpires and other on-field behavior. While McGraw believed that Johnson arranged to throw him out of the league in 1902, in reality McGraw left for the National League before Johnson could have him removed. In truth, McGraw was happy to leave to manage the Giants. Johnson was equally glad to be rid of a major problem. Both men were

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Table of contents

  • More Than Merkle *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations *
  • Tables *
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1 - Baseball Turned Upside Down the 1906 World Series 1
  • 2 - The Game in 1908 Dead Ball Era Baseball 10
  • 3 - The Teams of 1908 a Look at the Players 35
  • 4 - The Men in Blue the Umpires of 1908 87
  • 5 - April the Best Hopes of Fans 105
  • 6 - May the Makings of a Pennant Race 115
  • 7 - June the Race is On 127
  • 8 - July Gain the Edge 137
  • 9 - August the Storm Clouds Gather 150
  • 10 - September All Hell Breaks Loose 164
  • 11 - October Down to the Wire 184
  • 12 - Scandals of 1908 Delayed Reckoning 210
  • Appendixes - The Record of 1908 225
  • Notes 241
  • Bibliographic Essay 251
  • Index 255
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