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.
Lennie Merullo Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats Baseball Card (#107)
Lennie Merullo Pitching Stats
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Lennie Merullo Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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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."
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