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Fred Merkle

Carl Frederick Rudolf Merkle (Bonehead)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: December 20, 1888 in Watertown, WI
High School: Toledo HS (Toledo, OH)(All Transactions)
Debut: September 21, 1907 (Age 18.275, 2,979th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1909 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Cubs/Robins/Yankees 1907-1926

Last Game: September 26, 1926 (Age 37.280)
Died: March 2, 1956 in Daytona Beach, FL
Buried: Daytona Memorial Park, Daytona Beach, FL
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1907 NYG NL 18 1B 15 136 122 7 7 4 .949 8.60 .984 10.58
1908 NYG NL 19 1B 11 61 60 1 0 2 1.000 5.55 .986 11.07
1908 NYG NL 19 OF 5 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0.60 .960 2.04 2-0-3
1908 NYG NL 19 2B 1 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 4.00 .955 5.10
1908 NYG NL 19 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
1909 NYG NL 20 1B 70 668 625 27 16 29 .976 9.31 .985 10.83
1909 NYG NL 20 2B 1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 4.00 .938 4.90
1910 NYG NL 21 1B 144 1503 1390 84 29 87 .981 10.24 .984 10.40
1911 NYG NL 22 1B 148 1514 1375 117 22 73 .985 10.08 .985 10.23 MVP-7
1912 NYG NL 23 1B 129 1328 1229 72 27 77 .980 10.09 .988 10.17 MVP-18
1913 NYG NL 24 1B 153 1561 1463 76 22 86 .986 10.06 .986 10.40
1914 NYG NL 25 1B 146 146 140 1567 1463 88 16 80 .990 10.62 .988 10.60
1915 NYG NL 26 1B 110 108 103 1189 1123 53 13 62 .989 10.69 .990 10.61
1915 NYG NL 26 OF 30 30 26 75 68 5 2 1 .973 2.43 .959 2.12
1915 NYG NL 26 CF 27 26 23 64 58 4 2 2 .969 2.30 .961 2.47
1915 NYG NL 26 RF 5 4 3 11 10 1 0 0 1.000 2.20 .953 1.72
1915 NYG NL 26 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1916 TOT NL 27 1B 127 124 120 1392 1309 62 21 64 .985 10.80 .987 10.80
1916 NYG NL 27 1B 112 111 107 1261 1183 58 20 61 .984 11.08 .987 10.80
1916 BRO NL 27 1B 15 13 13 131 126 4 1 3 .992 8.67 .987 10.80
1916 BRO NL 27 OF 4 2 1 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 1.50 .967 2.15
1916 BRO NL 27 LF 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.67 .965 2.13
1916 BRO NL 27 CF 1 1 1 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 4.00 .972 2.50
1917 TOT NL 28 1B 142 143 141 1531 1438 67 26 85 .983 10.60 .988 10.92
1917 BRO NL 28 1B 2 2 2 24 23 1 0 1 1.000 12.00 .988 10.90
1917 CHC NL 28 1B 140 141 139 1507 1415 66 26 84 .983 10.58 .988 10.92
1917 CHC NL 28 OF 6 5 5 17 15 2 0 1 1.000 2.83 .963 2.20
1917 CHC NL 28 LF 5 5 5 17 15 2 0 1 1.000 3.40 .963 2.16
1917 CHC NL 28 CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.60
1918 CHC NL 29 1B 129 129 126 1485 1388 82 15 75 .990 11.40 .987 11.24
1919 CHC NL 30 1B 132 132 131 1573 1494 56 23 74 .985 11.74 .988 11.24
1919 CHC NL 30 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.40
1920 CHC NL 31 1B 85 85 84 975 906 54 15 52 .985 11.29 .990 11.09
1920 CHC NL 31 LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1920 CHC NL 31 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1925 NYY AL 36 1B 5 2 0 29 28 1 0 3 1.000 5.80 .988 10.46
1926 NYY AL 37 1B 1 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 6.00 .990 10.80
16 Seasons 1B 1547 869 845 16518 15419 847 252 853 .985 10.51 .987 10.68
5 Seasons OF 46 37 32 101 91 8 2 2 .980 2.15 .960 2.13 12-29-8
3 Seasons CF 29 27 24 68 61 5 2 2 .971 2.28 .962 2.48
4 Seasons (incomplete) LF 10 6 5 19 17 2 0 1 1.000 1.90 .963 2.16
1 Season (incomplete) RF 5 4 3 11 10 1 0 0 1.000 2.20 .953 1.72
3 Seasons 2B 3 0 0 8 3 5 0 1 1.000 2.67 .946 5.13
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
16 Seasons TOT 1597 906 877 16627 15513 860 254 856 .985 10.25 .987 10.42 12-29-8
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1907 NYG NL 18 15 15 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1908 NYG NL 19 38 38 0 0 11 1 1 0 2 0 3 5 0
1909 NYG NL 20 79 79 0 0 70 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1910 NYG NL 21 144 144 0 0 144 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1911 NYG NL 22 149 149 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1912 NYG NL 23 129 129 0 0 129 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1913 NYG NL 24 153 153 0 0 153 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1914 NYG NL 25 146 146 0 0 146 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1915 NYG NL 26 140 140 0 0 110 0 0 0 1 27 5 30 0
1916 NYG NL 27 112 112 112 112 0 0 112 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1916 BRO NL 27 23 15 23 18 0 0 15 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 0 6 0
1917 CHC NL 28 147 146 147 146 0 0 141 0 0 0 5 1 0 6 0 1 0
1917 BRO NL 28 2 2 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1918 CHC NL 29 129 129 129 129 0 0 129 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1919 CHC NL 30 133 132 133 133 0 0 132 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1920 CHC NL 31 92 85 92 85 0 0 85 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 7 0
1925 NYY AL 36 7 2 7 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1926 NYY AL 37 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 1639 623 1639 631 0 0 1548 3 2 0 12 29 8 46 0 16 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1911 NL (7, 30%)
1912 NL (18, 6%)
0.36 Career Shares (564th)

Putoutss c a p y
1910 NL  1,390 (4th)
1911 NL  1,375 (4th)
1913 NL  1,463 (3rd)
1914 NL  1,463 (4th)
1916 NL  1,314 (4th)
1917 NL  1,453 (4th)
1918 NL  1,388 (1st)
1919 NL  1,494 (1st)
Career  15,513 (41st)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1910 NL  144 (2nd)
1911 NL  148 (4th)
1913 NL  153 (2nd)
1914 NL  146 (4th)
1916 NL  127 (4th)
1917 NL  142 (4th)
1918 NL  129 (1st)
1919 NL  132 (4th)
Career  1,547 (56th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1910 NL  1,390 (4th)
1911 NL  1,375 (4th)
1913 NL  1,463 (3rd)
1914 NL  1,463 (4th)
1916 NL  1,309 (4th)
1917 NL  1,438 (4th)
1918 NL  1,388 (1st)
1919 NL  1,494 (1st)
Career  15,419 (39th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1910 NL  84 (2nd)
1911 NL  117 (1st)
1914 NL  88 (2nd)
1916 NL  62 (5th)
1918 NL  82 (2nd)
Career  847 (76th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1909 NL  16 (5th)
1910 NL  29 (1st)
1911 NL  22 (1st)
1912 NL  27 (1st)
1913 NL  22 (3rd)
1914 NL  16 (3rd)
1915 NL  13 (3rd)
1916 NL  21 (3rd)
1917 NL  26 (2nd)
1918 NL  15 (3rd)
1919 NL  23 (1st)
1920 NL  15 (3rd)
Career  252 (17th)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1910 NL  87 (1st)
1911 NL  73 (5th)
1912 NL  77 (2nd)
1913 NL  86 (2nd)
1914 NL  80 (2nd)
1916 NL  64 (5th)
1917 NL  85 (4th)
1918 NL  75 (3rd)
1919 NL  74 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1915 NL  2 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1910 NL  10.24 (5th)
1911 NL  10.08 (3rd)
1912 NL  10.09 (5th)
1914 NL  10.62 (4th)
1915 NL  10.69 (3rd)
1916 NL  10.80 (3rd)
1917 NL  10.60 (5th)
1918 NL  11.40 (4th)
1919 NL  11.74 (2nd)
1920 NL  11.29 (2nd)
Career  10.51 (31st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1911 NL  .985 (4th)
1913 NL  .986 (5th)
1914 NL  .990 (4th)
1915 NL  .989 (5th)
1916 NL  .985 (4th)
1917 NL  .983 (5th)
1918 NL  .990 (5th)
1919 NL  .985 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1926 AL  born 1888-12-20 (9th)

Youngest s c a p y
1907 NL  born 1888-12-20 (1st)
1908 NL  born 1888-12-20 (1st)

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Name and misspellings: Carl Frederick Bonehead Fred Rudolf Merkle

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