The 1908 National League pennant race was without question the most exciting and dramatic battle of all time. Three teams, the Giants, the Cubs, and the Pirates, battled from start to finish, concluding the season with just one game separating them in the standings. The story of this race is like a Hall of Fame sprung to life, including John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance, Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, and Honus Wagner. Yet the one name that truly stands out belongs to a young Giant rookie, Fred Merkle. His base-running blunder in a key game between the Giants and the Cubs cost the New Yorkers the pennant through an entirely unforeseeable set of circumstances that set off a near-riot in New York.
More than mere history, The Unforgettable Season uses a judicious selection of newspaper stories to recreate the unforgettable season through the eyes and florid language of sportswriters of the day. With no film, TV, or radio accounts of the game to cloud readers' minds with facts, the newspaper writers had free reign to invent and embellish the larger-than-life figures and events of 1908. It is their efforts that make this book often unintentionally hilarious and unforgettable.
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The Unforgettable Season book. Fleming does include some parenthetical asides in some of the news stories to explain some details that are not clear a century later; it’s almost always useful and never really gets in the way. I’m not sure if it would have been better had he used his own words to describe the whole thing. I wasn’t expecting it to be news stories, but it worked.
Gordon H. Fleming (June 4, 1920 – May 30, 1999) was an American writer, critic and professor who specialized in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Gordon H. Fleming (June 4, 1920 – May 30, 1999) was an American writer, critic and professor who specialized in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Outside of academia he was best known for several "clippings books" he published about various baseball teams and seasons. These books used selections from newspapers of the time to create a day-by-day record of particularly interesting seasons in baseball history.
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Foreword by. Lawrence S. Ritter. It is their efforts that make this book often unintentionally hilarious and unforgettable. G. H. Fleming (1920–1999) was a professor emeritus of English literature and a freelance writer.
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The Unforgettable Season by G. Gordon H. The book recounts the melodramatic National League season of 1908, which included Fred Merkle's infamous "bonehead play" and the resulting playoff between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants.
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Why, one might ask, is Fleming (George Alfred Lawrence and the Victorian Sensation Novel) dabbling around in the baseball season of 1908? It doesn't take long to see, however, that his efforts in collecting and annotating contemporary press reports are, in a word, inspired. The 1908 National League pennant race remains nonpareil, with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Giants in a virtual dead head until the last few days of the season, and an entire nation galvanized (to the near eclipse of a presidential campaign) by its course.
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