Watertown in Jefferson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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.
Erected 2005 by the Merkle family, David J. Stalker & Archie Monuments.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1608.
Location. 43° 11.082′ N, 88° 42.426′ W. Marker is in Watertown, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Charles Street and Sunset Drive. The marker is located in the back of the Octagon House historic property. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plank Road (a few steps from this marker); Plank Road Pioneer Barn (a few steps from this marker); First Kindergarten (a few steps from this marker); Richards Hill Ski Slide Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Octagon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Merkle Field (approx. ¼ mile away); Adrian Joss / John P. "Red" Kleinow (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Honor of the 1955 Watertown High School State Baseball Champions (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watertown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 11, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.