baseball's long history, several baseball players have
made terrible mistakes or errors that cost their team
dearly. In September of 1908, Giants player Fred
Merkle committed what author Noel Hynd calls "baseball's
most famous lapse." Dave Anderson says it has
"endured for nearly a century as baseball's most
controversial moment in baseball's most controversial
happened in the ninth inning of a Giants vs. Cubs
Giants came to bat with a chance to win. There were
only three weeks left in the season and a win against
the Cubs would put the Giants back in first place.
There were two outs,
with a runner on
third and Fred Merkle on first.
Bridwell stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive
into right center.
The runner on third crossed the plate with the
winning run but Merkle, instead of touching second,
turned and ran quickly back to the clubhouse to avoid
the oncoming crowd. The game was over, or so he and
everyone else thought......
Cubs player noticed that Merkle had not touched
second, took a ball to second base and called it to
the umpire's attention. Later that night, the umpire
ruled that Merkle was out and the next morning the
National League allowed the ruling, saying the game
had ended in a 1-1 TIE.
the press, Fred Merkle was blasted!
Merkle retired after the 1926 season and he
retreated to the seclusion of
. Fred Merkle spent his remaining days in
. He became ill and passed away on March 2nd, 1956.
Some years earlier, he had given an interview. In the
back of a tackle shop, he told the reporter,
"I suppose when I die, they'll put on my
tombstone, 'Here Lies Bonehead Merkle.'"
world can be an unforgiving place.
Make a mistake and you may NEVER hear the end
of it. Make
a BIG enough mistake, and it can ruin your life
and label you forever as a goof, a loser, or even a
goodness God doesn't work that way!
He sent His Son to die on a cross so that you
can be forgiven of your sins, so that you can be
redeemed through the blood spilt on the cross, so that
you can enjoy the richness of God's grace. *
“In Him [Christ]
we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness
of sins, according to the riches of His grace"
Him (Acts 16:31), repent
of your sins and turn to Him (2 Cor. 7:9-10), confess
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), be baptized
Him for the forgiveness of sins (Galatians
3:27; Acts 2:38), AND remain faithful to Him for the rest of your life (Revelation 2:10).
to the GOSPEL message, live for Him the rest of your life, and the only label you will carry
forever is "SAVED."
God bless you!
A. Sargent /
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
from Jim Davis, Verse-A-Week Club, a ministry of the Withamsville
. See www.wcoc-ohio.org
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