The New York Times rights a wrong — 136 years later

The New York Times

Sometimes it takes a long time to get it right. And sometimes when you are trying to fix one mistake, you find others. The New York Times was researching a correction on a column about the original design for the Yankees’ logo when the paper discovered that 136 years ago, the newspaper misspelled the name of a policeman who had been shot in the head by a burglar. (The poor bloke was honored with a medallion that later became a template for the team’s logo.) In a blog post, Andy Newman runs down the course of events:

This just in: we made a mistake – 136 years ago.

It was in a Jan. 9, 1877 article about a police officer shot by a saloon burglar.

The Times called him Officer McDonnell.

His name was McDowell.

The error came to light when we researched a correction to a recent article about the history of the New York Yankees logo.

The record is now set straight.

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