I’ve just recently learned that Toledo was home to a young man in the early 1900′s that later became a very famous baseball player. Frederick Charles Merkle was born in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1888 and moved to Toledo in 1889. He lived in Toledo until 1906 when he started his professional baseball career. Fred graduated from Toledo High School in 1905. Though he gained fame as a baseball player, Fred also played football at THS and even coached the high school football team in 1906.
I have the 1905 Toledo High School yearbook, which contains three photos of Frederick Charles Merkle. They are his Senior picture, the football team picture, and the baseball team picture.
This is his baseball card, from the Library of Congress collection.
Tags and keywords: Baseball card, New York Giants, Bonehead, Fred Bonehead Merkle, Boner, Chicago Cubs, World Series, Johnny Evers, September 23, 1908, Hank O’Day, the Merkle incident, John McGraw.
THS = Toledo High School (1905, 1907) – aka Toledo Central High School
CHS = Cathedral High School and Grade School ( 1918 )
CCHS = Central Catholic High School (1921, 1922, 1935, 1938)
SUA = Saint Ursula Academy (1922, 1940, 1941, 1942)
DHS = Devilbiss High School (1933)
LHS = Libbey High School (1936, 1943, 1945)
MVHS = Macomber Vocational High School (1944)
MMC = Mary Manse College (1949)
BS = Blessed Sacrament 8th Grade class (1940, 1941)
No face masks! Just a leather helmet.
I love these old action shots.
Donald Pelke, McCartney, Dick Burnhardt, Jack Knippen, Father Moore, Father Gosser, Father Schmeising, Ray Murnan, Jim Morris, Carl Adams, John Stonerman, George Pethe, Jim Smith, Joe Kessler, Leo Maher, Bob Zeller, Virgil Wasserman, Jim Burdette, Jack Callahan, Jack Byers, Kenneth Uba, Irving Fellman, Jerry Sullivan, William Valentine, Chester Wrornowski, Charles Morganstern, Bob Christy.
Marjorie McCarthy, Florence Sulzer, Marie Munser, Helen Leinke, Elane Betz, Beatrice Ross, Agnes Sherman, Joan Herschel, Catherine Brown, Mary Mahoney, Geraldine ?, Betty ?, Corrine Bailey, Joan Gifford, Virginia Shinners, Prudence Manley, Irene Russell, Marjorie Loeb, Mary Knepfler, Jean Dunlap, Lila Linthacium, Prudence Manley.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any names for this photo. If you recognize someone, I’d love to add thier names here.
- – - SENIOR CLASS OF JUNE 1907 – - -
1 Harry Alexander
2 Ila Fern Alexander
3 Lucille Argue
4 Dean K. Armstrong
5 Oscar Aufderheide
6 Ralph W. Austin
7 Pearl May Ballard
8 Elmer W. Beatty
9 Karl H. Becker
10 Grayce M. Bennis
11 Ralph L. Binney
12 Harold Bishop
13 Emily V. Brady
14 Susan Elizabeth Brady
See page 1907-THS for the entire Senior Class listing