Albert Henry Bridwell (January 4, 1884 – January 23, 1969) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for a number of teams in the early 20th century, most notably the New York Giants, when the team was managed by John McGraw. Bridwell hit the (apparent) single which led to the crucial Merkle's Boner running error of the 1908 season against the Chicago Cubs. The error ended up costing the Giants the pennant (the apparent winning run was nullified, the game was thus declared a tie, and the Cubs won the makeup of that game).
1911 Al Bridwell baseball card
|Born: January 4, 1884|
|Died: January 23, 1969 (aged 85)|
|April 16, 1905, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 1915, for the St. Louis Terriers|
|Runs batted in||350|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bridwell never played in a World Series. Midway through the 1911 season, he was traded by the Giants, who would go on to play in the 1911 World Series, to the Boston Rustlers. He played his final two years in the Federal League.
Bridwell had this to say about the reason why John McGraw was a great manager: "He knew how to handle men, some players he rode and others he didn't. He got the most out of each man." Bridwell's pugnaciousness fit right in with McGraw's style of play. He once punched McGraw in the nose, earning a two-game suspension. However, in The Glory of their Times, Bridwell said he was suspended for two weeks.
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