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PostThe Snodgrass Muff, 1912 (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 01/07/17 4:28 am)
To answer John E's question, Fred Snodgrass was the centerfielder for the New York Giants in the 1912 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. In the deciding game of that series, he dropped a routine fly ball in extra innings that ultimately cost the Giants the game and the Series. Here is the whole story from SABR (Society for American Baseball Research):
The two main pitchers for Boston in this game, Smokey Joe Wood (who later managed at Yale) and Hugh Bedient, sent me nice notes and autographs when I was young. Fred Snodgrass was interviewed by Larry Ritter and was given a chapter in Ritter's The Glory of Their Times.
JE comments: Fred's father was Andrew Jackson Snodgrass. These are the kinds of names you cannot make up. Snodgrass fils was born in Ventura, California, in 1887, when Southern California was truly a backwater.
Pat Mears has mentioned one of the great oral histories of all time: Ritter's The Glory of Their Times (1966). I'm going to read it.