1908’s Forgotten Team: The Pittsburgh Pirates

By Steve Steinberg

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

The 1908 National League race is best remembered for the “Merkle game” between the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs, who were in a dead heat for first place at the end of the season. The clubs met to replay that tie game. The Cubs won and went on to beat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series for the second year in a row. But there was a third team in that season-long struggle, a team that, like the Giants after the replayed game, finished just a game . . .

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