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Fates sealed in playoff infamy

Originally Published: October 13, 2010
By Jim Caple | Page 2

Baseball is filled with glorious nicknames. The Yankee Clipper. The Splendid Splinter. The Say-Hey Kid. The Sultan of Swat. Then there's Carl Frederick Rudolph Merkle's nickname: Bonehead.

Fred Merkle played 16 seasons, had more than 1,500 hits and batted .300 one year, but the only thing he is remembered for is failing to touch second base on what should have been a game-winning hit that wound up costing the Giants the 1908 pennant. When he died 48 years later, this was the headline ...

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