Fred Merkle

June 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm 2 comments

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.

Fred Merkle

Fred Merkle base ball card (click for larger image)

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.


Entry filed under: Baseball.

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  • 1. mike cameron  |  June 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I am the author of the recently released book: “Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball’s Fred Merkle”, available at
    It is the first in-depth biography of this wonderful, strong and wrongly maligned man.
    He should make both Watertown and Toledo very proud.
    Outstanding pitcher and running back in HS.
    His grandniece, Sue Baxter of Findlay OH, is a collector and would love to have one of those yearbooks.

  • 2. Douglas Szych  |  July 31, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I have a 1904 Toledo high school book that has his name listed as a junior but it does not list him on the football or baseball team.
    I am looking to get rid of this book, and it is in A1 shape you can e-mail me at

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