Fred Merkle Field

© Photographed July 21, 2015
Erected 2010 by Keith Olbermann, Mike Cameron,
David J. Stalker and the fans of Fred Merkle
Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin

Fred C. Merkle was born in Watertown, WI on Dec. 20, 1888 to Ernst and Anna Amalia (Thielmann) Merkle. He made his major league debut as a first baseman with the New York Giants on 9-21-07 at the age of 18. During his 16 years in the majors, he played for the Giants, Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers), Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. With Merkle, each of these teams advanced to the World Series, totaling six times. Throughout his career, he displayed a blend of speed and power. He had eight seasons with 20 or more stolen bases and a solid .273 career batting average in an era dominated by pitching and defense. Teammates and opponents considered Merkle one of the smartest players in the game. Merkle was the only player who Giants manager John McGraw consulted on strategic decisions. 
The marker is located adjacent to the Fred Merkle Baseball Field in Washington Park; it is accessible from northbound South 12th Street / County Highway X, north of its intersection with Sunset Avenue, Watertown, Wisconsin 53094.

See also, Fred C. Merkle Memorial, a related marker at a nearby location.

These markers are also at this location:

Fred Merkle (1911)
Source Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Benjamin K. Edwards Baseball Card Collection
This image is in the public domain.
 The marker is affixed to the building.

The marker is located at Fred Merkle Field at Washington Park,
in Watertown, Wisconsin.

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