The Cubs and Giants were locked in a furious pennant battle. On September 23, 1908, the score was tied 1 - 1 with two out in the last of the ninth inning at the Polo Grounds. Runners were on first and third base when Al Bridwell singled to center. As the runner on third crossed the plate with the apparent winning run Fred Merkle jogged towards second then start for the clubhouse in right field. The Cubs retrieved the ball, tossed it to Evers who tagged second, and a force out was called ending the game in a tie. On October 8, 1908, the game was replayed and the Cubs won the pennant 4 - 2 and advanced to the World Series where they defeated the Tigers.
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