1908 Baseball Cartoon - Giants/Cubs/Pirates - Year of Merkle's Boner

Sold For: $360

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1817

Item Year: 1908

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Vintage original baseball cartoon dating from 1908, the year of "Merkle's Boner." The cartoon depicts the tight National League pennant race as a fight between three dogs for a bone. Two large dogs, wearing uniforms lettered "N. Y." and "Pitts.," have their jaws locked on a bone lettered "Champion." A third, smaller dog, looking on in the background has a balloon caption above it that reads "Chicago." The artist's signature and the year ("Foster '08") appear in the lower-right corner. A few editorial notations appear along the base, including "4 Cols" and "8/8 Sat." This cartoon accurately reflects the state of the National League pennant race on Saturday, August 8, 1908. The Giants defeated the Cubs 4-1 at the Polo Grounds that day, while the Pirates defeated the Phillies 4-2. Those results allowed Pittsburgh to maintain its game-and-a-half lead over the Giants and its four-game lead over the Cubs. Of course, as we know, the Cubs eventually stole that "bone," in large part because of "Merkle's Boner" on September 23rd, which negated a Giants win over the Cubs and ultimately cost the Giants the pennant. The ink-on-board artwork (20 x 15 inches) displays a number of edge and corner chips, as well as light staining along the base. While technically in Good condition, it has been matted (by means of tape along the reverse top and right borders), with the visible area presenting as Excellent. Total dimensions: 20.5 x 16.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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