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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Biggest 'Boner'

I've known about Keith Olbermann's obsession with "Merkle's Boner" for many years.  No, he's not (as far as I know) a porn fan.  It refers to one of the infamous moments in baseball history, and Keith marked its 105th anniversary last night on his new TV show.  He even produced, at the end, the very ball retrieved by Johnny Evers that day so he could touch second base and get an out call on Merkle.  Keith owns the ball.  I also know, from corresponding with Keith a few years back, that his personal email address then (maybe even now) starts with "Merkle."

The play involved the young Giants' first sacker failing to touch second base after a game-winning hit plated a runner at home.  All it did was cost the team the pennant.  Merkle was forever known as "Bonehead" and you'll learn some other amazing facts about his career in Keith's report below.  And following his new piece, see segment he did decade ago, which closes with him interviewing actor playing...Christy Mathewson!

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