Warren “Mertz” McFeely was born in Chicago and grew up in Noble Square, where he could often be found playing at Eckhart Park. An avid athlete, he began playing 16-inch softball at the Talcott School yard. At 16, he was recruited to play for the O.T. Club, starting in left field.
During his years with O.T., Mertz helped them win many park league championships at Kelvyn Park, Riis Park, La Follette Park, Kells Park, and Portage Park.
Early in his career, Mertz was ranked as one of the best left fielders by the Chicago Sun-Times.
He also played for Phil’s lounge, helping them win a few league titles, the Jets at Clarendon Park, Fuller’s Pub and Lockwood Tap, where he was introduced to members of the 45s at Portage Park. After playing with the 45s, Mertz played with the Dukes of Chopin Park, who went on a winning streak, not losing a game in 4 years.Mertz ended his over 40 year softball career by playing for Happy Foods at Hiawatha Park, where he had the ultimate pleasure of playing with his son, Joe, while also winning a few championships.
Now a retired Local 73 Sheet Metal Worker, he and his wife Ella have been married for over 50 years. They are the proud parents of son Joe (Pauline) and can often be found in the dugout or stands cheering on their two grandsons – the third generation of McFeelys to play the game.