Lennie Merullo Stats

Lennie Merullo was born on Saturday, May 5, 1917, in Boston, Massachusetts. Merullo was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 12, 1941, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Lennie Merullo baseball stats page.

"When I was scouting for the Cubs , I got a call from their GM and he told me to get on a plane and get to Chicago ASAP. He told me to go to Comiskey Park for the Negro League All-Star Game and instructed me to watch the shortstops playing that day. I did as he requested and reported to him that he better sign that shortstop (which happened to be Ernie Banks ) today , before any other team had the chance to talk to him." - Lennie Merullo in Baseball Digest (August 1972)
Lennie Merullo

Lennie Merullo Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats Baseball Card (#107)
Lennie Merullo Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats Baseball Card (#107)

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Birth Name:
Leonard Richard Merullo
Nickname:
Len or Lennie
Born On:
05-05-1917  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Boston, Massachusetts
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-30-2015 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Reading, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading, Massachusetts
High School:
East Boston High School (East Boston, MA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
168
First Game:
09-12-1941 (Age 24)
Last Game:
08-22-1947
Draft:
Not Applicable
Lennie Merullo

Lennie Merullo Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Lennie Merullo

Lennie Merullo Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1941 24 Cubs 7 17 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .353 .421 .412
1942 25 Cubs 143 515 53 132 23 3 2 0 37 35 0 45 22 0 5 14 .256 .310 .324
1943 26 Cubs 129 453 37 115 18 3 1 0 25 26 0 42 6 0 2 10 .254 .297 .313
1944 27 Cubs 66 193 20 41 8 1 1 1 16 16 0 18 7 0 1 2 .212 .276 .280
1945 28 Cubs 121 394 40 94 18 0 2 0 37 31 4 30 6 0 2 15 .239 .297 .299
1946 29 Cubs 65 126 14 19 8 0 0 0 7 11 2 13 1 0 0 4 .151 .219 .214
1947 30 Cubs 108 373 24 90 16 1 0 0 29 15 2 26 3 0 2 11 .241 .274 .290
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
7 Years 639 2,071 191 497 92 8 6 1 152 136 8 174 45 0 12 56 .240 .291 .301
Lennie Merullo

Lennie Merullo Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1941 Cubs SS 7 6 102 31 4.4 30 12 18 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .968 7.94
1942 Cubs SS 143 138 3,387 779 5.4 737 299 438 42 80 n/a n/a n/a .946 5.88
1943 Cubs SS 125 121 3,102 653 5.2 614 218 396 39 68 n/a n/a n/a .940 5.34
1944 Cubs 1B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1944 Cubs SS 56 50 1,257 301 5.4 282 115 167 19 26 n/a n/a n/a .937 6.06
1945 Cubs SS 118 111 2,724 575 4.9 545 209 336 30 49 n/a n/a n/a .948 5.40
1946 Cubs SS 44 33 831 221 5.0 209 78 131 12 23 n/a n/a n/a .946 6.79
1947 Cubs SS 108 107 2,631 570 5.3 541 219 322 29 77 n/a n/a n/a .949 5.55
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
SS Totals 601 566 14,034 3,130 5.2 2,958 1,150 1,808 172 328 n/a n/a n/a .945 5.69
1B Totals 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
7 Years 602 566 14,040 3,131 5.2 2,959 1,151 1,808 172 328 n/a n/a n/a .945 5.69
Lennie Merullo

Lennie Merullo Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1941 Cubs 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 17.0 - - -
1942 Cubs 14 2 .875 0 0 n/a 257.5 11.4 13.9 - - -
1943 Cubs 7 2 .778 0 1 n/a 453.0 10.8 18.1 - - -
1944 Cubs 3 0 1.000 7 3 n/a 193.0 10.7 12.1 - - -
1945 Cubs 7 0 1.000 0 5 n/a 197.0 13.1 10.6 - - -
1946 Cubs 2 0 1.000 2 19 n/a 0.0 9.7 18.0 - - -
1947 Cubs 4 1 .800 0 0 n/a 0.0 14.3 12.9 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
7 Years 38 5 .884 9 28 n/a 345.2 11.9 13.6 - - -
Lennie Merullo

Lennie Merullo Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1941 Chicago Cubs 35 Undetermined - -
1942 Chicago Cubs 35 Undetermined - -
1943 Chicago Cubs 21 Undetermined - -
1944 Chicago Cubs 21 Undetermined - -
1945 Chicago Cubs 21 Undetermined n/a Stats
1946 Chicago Cubs 21 Undetermined - -
1947 Chicago Cubs 21 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Lennie Merullo tied the Major League record for errors in an inning by a shortstop on September 13, 1942 ? Lennie had four errors in the second inning that day, tying the mark set by Shorty Fuller (August 17, 1888) and Ray Chapman (June 20, 1914).

Excerpt from The Best of Blooperstown (Bruce Nash, Lyons Press Publishing, 03/06/2012, Page 72):

No infielder ever played a shakier inning than Lennie Merullo.

The Chicago Cub turned the shortstop position into a disaster area during the second inning of a game against the Boston Braves at Braves Field. Every time he touched the ball, he booted it - on four consecutive plays. But at least he had an excuse.

Shortly before Merullo took the field, his wife, Mary Jean, had presented him with their first-born child. Obviously, Merullo's mind was at the hospital and not in the game.

So when Clyde Kluttz tapped an easy grounder to the shortstop, Merullo muffed it for error No. 1. Ducky Detwheiler then stroked a single to right field as Kluttz raced to third. When Detwheiler broke for second base on the throw-in from right fielder Bill Nicholson , Merullo attempted to cut off the peg, but he dropped the ball for error No. 2. That put runners on second and third, compliments of the nervous new daddy.

After the next batter struck out, Tommy Holmes sent another grounder to Merullo, who once again bobbled the ball for error No. 3 as Kluttz scored. An ignoble record was within Merullo's grasp, even if the balls hit to him in the inning weren't.

With runners on the corners, Al "Skippy" Roberge dinked a rolled to the Cubs' fumbled-fingered shortstop. This time, Merullo gloved the ball without mishap, but just as he started to throw to second for the force-ou, the ball squirted out of his hand and bounced off his head. The fourth - and record setting - error was his. The second unearned run of the inning scored, but luckily for the Cubs, they won anyway, 12-8.

When Lennie Merullo passed away on May 30, 2015, he was the oldest living Chicago Cubs player, the last living Cub who played in the 1945 World Series , an official tweet was sent (below) and a Press Release ( Source ) from the team was issued which read in full:

Oldest living Cub Lennie Merullo passes away at the age of 98

The following is a statement released from Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts regarding the passing of Lennie Merullo at the age of 98:

"We were saddened to hear the news our oldest living Cub Lennie Merullo passed away earlier today. While I have experienced many joys as owner of this great franchise, one of the most memorable was meeting Lennie last season. When the Cubs last appeared in a World Series in 1945 , Lennie was a 28-year-old shortstop. Nearly 70 years later, he brought the same youthful spirit and excitement, as he threw out the first pitch and led the entire ballpark in singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame'" joined by family and friends. If there was any doubt Wrigley Field does make dreams come true, you could look into Lennie's eyes beaming with joy as he visited his beloved ballpark for what would be the last time. He told everyone he would never forget that day. To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him."

Lennie Merullo made his Major League debut on September 12, 1941 , and when he took the field at short, he was wearing #35 - the first Cubbie to wear number #35 in team history.

Last-Modified: December 26, 2018 1:58 AM EST

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