Fred Merkle - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Carl Frederick Rudolf “Fred” Merkle (1888-1956) is best known for his base running mistake as a 19-year-old that ultimately cost the New York Giants the National League pennant. On September 23, 1908, Fred Merkle made a grievous base running error by not touching second base in celebration of Moose McCormick scoring from third to essentially win the game on a single by Bridwell. Chicago Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers retrieved the ball, stepped on second an appealed to the umpire that the play was a force out of Merkle, and the run should not count. The umpire agreed, creating the “Merkle Boner.” Giants Hall of Fame manager, John McGraw had faith in Merkle and he played 16 years in the Major Leagues, despite his mistake, with the Giants (1907-1916), the Brooklyn Robins (1916-1917), the Chicago Cubs (1917-1920) and the New York Yankees (1925-1926). Fred was a big and fast first baseman who posted a .985 fielding percentage with 853 double plays. He appeared in five World Series losing efforts and finished his career with a .273 career batting average, 1,580 hits including 290 doubles, 720 runs scored, 272 stolen bases and 733 RBI.

Condition Census (Explain)

  • Fred Merkle
  • Fred Merkle Blank Back
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
3 EX+ 5.5
4 EX 5
5 VG-EX+ 4.5
6 VG 3
6 VG 3


Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
04/09/2019 $215 3 143194041266 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 26335367