This memorial is dedicated to the life of Fred C. Merkle
Born in Watertown, WI, Dec. 20, 1888. His father, Ernst Merkle, was a school teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Watertown at the time of Fred's birth. Fred made his major league debut on 9-21-1907. His outstanding talent, intelligence and dedication to the game of baseball spanned 3 decades, having been a member of 6 World Series teams: 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1918 and 1926. He was a potent line-drive hitter, agile first baseman and a speedster on the basepaths. He played for the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.