Fred Merkle: A Glimpse at Baseball’s Biggest Scapegoat

May 3, 2010 by  

It sounds a little sappy, but I believe that I was meant to write “Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball’s Fred Merkle,” which is available at:

To this day, many baseball fans still call Fred Merkle a “bonehead.”  I won’t rest until that stops. 

The truth is the complete opposite in every respect.  Merkle was one of the smartest players ever to wear a big-league uniform.  Within the context of how the game was played and officiated at the time, he did nothing wrong on the famous play in 1908.  

Merkle is the No. 1 scapegoat in the history o...

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