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Old 01-08-2018, 12:55 PM
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Default Photo from the Merkle Game found

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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.
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Well that's cool.
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Great read. He poses some interesting questions about the inability to capture the moments and the aftermath, considering how much time elapsed. Didn't know it was that long.
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Cool photo, but Conlon didn't "miss" anything, there was no need to take additional photos, the game was over. Only about ten people out of the thousands that stormed the field had any idea something else was going on and Conlon would have rushed to get out of there and develop his photos for the late edition of the paper which he would have done a thousand times before!
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The write up referred to the poster going under the nickname "Merkle923". Most likely that is Keith Olbermann.

Regarding Conlon leaving the game or missing the moment. How will we ever know what really happened? Maybe he did capture the moment. As the melee erupted, maybe someone bumped him and broke the fragile glass plate negative. Maybe he got mugged but angry fans who were attempting to destroy the evidence. Maybe he captured the moment and the negative still exists in the collection. If he did miss it, I forgive him. I think he can be given a free pass given all of the other great shots he didn't miss. If Conlon did miss it, then all of the other photogs in attendance missed it as well. Rhys probably has the most correct scenario.
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I have a glass plate negative from that game.
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I have a glass plate negative from that game.
Awesome. What scene does it depict?
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Awesome. What scene does it depict?
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I love the picture, and I found the story as to how it was determined to be from the specific game fascinating. I can only imagine if the play had happened today how many times it would have been reviewed, replayed, and rehashed. Merkle would have likely been destroyed in every media format imaginable. I've always thought that the umpiring crew had no business calling him out, especially given the utter chaos taking place in the aftermath of the game.

For anyone that's interested in some great reading on the 1908 season, I highly recommend the book Crazy '08.

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Does anyone who is a current member of SABR know if the SABR Pictorial History Research Committee (I think that's what it used to be called?) agreed that they believe this photo may be from that specific game? The PHRC used to do some pretty impressive sleuthing of old photo's. Just wondering. A very cool photo either way. Thanks for sharing!
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