Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball's Fred Merkle

Mike Cameron

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Synopsis: Public Bonehead, Private Hero is a great American story of baseball's Fred Merkle, who was at the confluence of Progressive Era history and baseball legend. The book sets the stage historically and then recounts the most famous play in baseball history. A young New York Giant, Fred Merkle, walks off the base path after the apparent end of a hotly contested game only to be ruled out later on a rarely enforced technicality. The Giants cried foul. The press focused all of its muckraking venom on the unfortunate Fred Merkle and christened him bonehead for the remainder of his life; insuring his fame as baseball's number one scapegoat. Public Bonehead, Private Hero reveals how baseball fans and the press never tired of recounting the bonehead episode and seeing Merkle relive the ignominy. The book discloses that the cartoon character that was Fred Merkle in the public eye was the opposite of the sensitive, intelligent man who went on with his life and career with courage and determination. Who was Fred Merkle and how his story resonates with our own struggles is the heart and soul of this new work by journalist and Merkle fan Mike Cameron.

About the Author: Mike Cameron is a sports writer and editor who has worked for several newspapers in the Chicago area. He has also worked in sports media marketing for sports magazines. Cameron is a former left-handed pitcher who confesses to throwing too many hanging curve balls for Barrington High School, Northern Illinois University and several semipro teams. Mr. Cameron coached baseball and softball, served on the youth baseball league board in Niles, Illinois, and umpired high school games. The author has followed the Chicago Cubs his entire life, including the last 30 years as a season ticket holder.

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