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April 2, 2008

Baseball's Adolescence

Cait Murphy flashes back a century, to the crazy 1908 season, when a baseball executive suffered a mental breakdown, Merkle messed up, and the Cubs won it all.

Vincent Valk

Harkening back to the deadball era, Cait Murphy's Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History revisits a pivotal time in baseball's history. The game was growing up, according to Murphy, but as with any adolescent it had its awkward moments. Some of these include Fred Merkle's infamous "bonehead play," a league president going through a mental breakdown, and the mounting problem of gambling, which would nearly destroy the game 11 years later.

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