A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 16, 2004
Garrison Finish
A "Garrison finish" is a come-from-behind win at the last second. It was named, naturally enough, after a jockey named Garrison.

29 October 1930, New York Times, pg. 18 obituary:
Edward H. (Snapper) Garrison, one of the most famous jockeys in turf history, whose name lives in the expression "Garrison finish," died at 8 o'clock yesterday morning at the Swedish Hospital in Brooklyn. (...)

The term "Garrison finish" was earned in 1886, when he was riding forJames R. Keene in the Eastern Handicap at Sheepshead Bay. Mounted on Dutch Roller, an outsider not considered by the experts, Garrison pushed his mount through from the ruck in a ding-dong finish which swept the crowd off its feet. The label,
applied at that time, has remained a by-word at the tracks for that type of close finish.

It was typical of his style of racing. Garrison did not like to be in front. He preferred to hang back and come through in the stretch with a breath-taking finish.(...)

22 May 1890, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 6:
The Philadelphia National League club again defeated Chicago this afternoon, but only by a "Garrison finish."

13 September 1890, Lima (Ohio) Daily News, pg. 3, col. 4:
That Kelly's men will have to make a real Garrison finish in order to win the Players' League pennant.

6 June 1891, Washington Post, pg. 6
The Senators Solve Knell's Curves in the Last Innings.

8 June 1893, New York Times, pg. 3:

(....) At the end of the eighth inning yesterday the score between the New-York and Pittsburg nines was even and every enthusiast looked for the Giants to make one of their Garrison finishes. But they didn't. On the contrary, the big Giants pulled up, so to speak, and allowed the youths from Allegheny to get the rail and win hands down.

Posted by Barry Popik
Sports/Games • (0) Comments • Monday, August 16, 2004 • Permalink