Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Author Celebrates Merkle Day on Radio


Sporting Chance Press author Mike Cameron will be celebrating Fred Merkle Day, tomorrow by discussing his favorite sports figure with sports talk host Justin Hull of the Home Stretch.

Public Bonehead, Private Hero, tells the complete story of the number one sports scapegoat of all time, Fred Merkle. On September 23, 1908, 19-year old Fred Merkle was the youngest player on the New York Giants--slotted into the lineup at first base to replace a wounded veteran. The pressure was on when Merkle came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 1—1. With two outs and Moose McCormick on first, the youngster rifled a single to right field easily advancing the slow-footed Moose McCormick to third. Shortstop slugger Al Bridwell, up next, whacked a low liner that knocked the second base umpire down on its way to shallow center field. As McCormick crossed the plate with the “winning run,” Merkle turned from the base path and raced towards the clubhouse. Modern fans know that even if a team scores on such a play, the runner should advance to the next base and tag it to avoid a force-out. The score is nullified on the force out. Unfortunately for Fred Merkle, in 1908 this rule had not enforced when the winning hit traveled to the outfield. September 23 however, was different.

The Cameron interview on Justin Hull’s Home Stretch Show on AM 1570 The Score is set for 4:30 p.m. (steaming at www.am1570thescore.com) on September 23. Cameron, a long-suffering Cubs’ fan is also happy to report that the Merkle story and his book was a topic of conversation in the Cubs’ booth during the Cubs-Giants match on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. If you are wondering whom the Cubs will be playing this September 23—well, it will be the Giants.

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