Friday, September 01, 2006

September 1st, 1938

Merlin Nippert Born

No kidding, that was his real name: Merlin Lee Nippert. The name has to come from the mythical wizard, there's just no other possible explanation although why Nippert's parents--who lived in Mangum, Oklahoma--choose to name their son after King Arthur's wizard I can't imagine.

As it turned out, this Merlin could've used some his namesake's magic. He appeared in just four games over the course of his career while pitching just six innings all in 1962 as a thirty-three year old. His performance that year would be best classified as acceptable, managing a 4.50 ERA. I don't know why it took him so long to reach the Majors, or why he was there only briefly, but I do know that for the ten days in September while Nippert was pitching for the Red Sox they had a certain magical air about them.

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