Wednesday marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, the result of his being shot while attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.
Poor Lawrence Gobright, rest his soul, is still taking grief for it.
Gobright was the Associated Press correspondent who, um, buried the lead in his original accounting of the shooting.
Gobright's first mention of Lincoln's assassination did not appear until the third paragraph of his story.
His lead: "WASHINGTON, APRIL 14 — President Lincoln and wife visited Ford's Theatre this evening for the purpose of witnessing the performance of 'The American Cousin.' It was announced in the papers that Gen. Grant would also be present, but that gentleman took the late train of cars for New Jersey."
Hey, it can happen. As a writer who has worked on big stories, I know what it is like to become paralyzed under pressure. I once gaffed the final score of an important high school football game.
I wondered, for fun, how Gobright might have handled some of our most memorable sporting finishes:
Oct. 3, 1951: (AP) Brooklyn Dodger reliever Ralph Branca said he had three of his four pitches working during a mandatory "extra" game on 1951 schedule against the
Sept. 10, 1972 (AP) Alexander Belov scored on a layup in the final second to lead the Soviet Union to an exciting one-point, gold-medal basketball victory over the United States at the Munich Olympics.
Sergey Belov led all scorers with 20 points. U.S. guard Doug Collins finished with eight points, including two free throws near the end.
With the loss, the U.S. men's all-time Olympic basketball record fell to 63-1.
Jan. 10, 1982: (AP)
The winning score was set up by a six-yard, second-down run by Lenvil Elliott to the Dallas 12.
Dwight Clark led the 49ers with eight catches for 120 yards.
Oct. 15, 1988: (AP) Four pitchers scattered seven hits as the Dodgers edged the
Feb. 11, 1990: (AP) Heavyweight champion