McCurdy: Denver’s National Ballpark Museum

From SABR member Bill McCurdy at The Pecan Park Eagle on April 2, 2016, with mention of SABR member Bruce Hellerstein:

Taking  a break from doing my 2015 tax return,  decided to chill out with one of my favorite programs to DVR, “Mysteries of the Museum with Don Wildman” on the Travel Network, Channel 283 on Direct TV, Thursday nights at 8:00 PM. This one featured a Polo Grounds aisle seat that now rests in the “National Ballpark Museum” in Denver, a half mile from Coors Field, as an artifact lead-in connection to an ancient baseball story they wanted to tell. Although the TV program’s presentation of this famous baseball story was a little incomplete and overly simplified in service to broadcast time, it certainly hit home with me as an eye opener to the fact that this I’m sorry I never knew about this place earlier, but I’ve only been to Denver on plane travel stops.

The program used the old Polo Grounds seat as an inanimate witness (oxymoron noted) to the famous Merkle bonehead play in 1908 that ultimately tilted the pennant victory to the Cubs, thus, becoming the Cubs’ ostensible original “curse” rationale for explaining the fact that they have not won another World Series in the 117 years that have now passed since that awful-for-the-Giants day that set up Chicago for entering and winning their last World Series.

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Originally published: April 11, 2016. Last Updated: April 11, 2016.