Sid Mercer
Sid Mercer.jpg
Born(1880-08-04)August 4, 1880
DiedJune 19, 1945(1945-06-19) (aged 64)
Known forBaseball and boxing coverage
AwardsHonor Rolls of Baseball (1946)
J. G. Taylor Spink Award (1969)

James Sidney Mercer (August 4, 1880 – June 19, 1945) was an American sports writer who covered mostly boxing and baseball in St. Louis and in New York City.


A 1920 caricature of Mercer
A 1920 caricature of Mercer

Mercer was born to James H. and Laura Ann Search Mercer on August 4, 1880, in Kerr Township, Champaign County, Illinois, where his father farmed and attended school in nearby Paxton, Illinois.[1]

Mercer began his career as a printer's apprentice with the St. Louis Republic. He later wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, before the St. Louis Browns hired him as their road secretary in 1906. The following year, Mercer was hired at the New York Evening Globe. He later wrote for the New York Evening Journal and William Randolph Hearst's American (later known as the New York Journal American). He was a charter member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).[2]

Mercer died on June 19, 1945, in New York City.[3] In 1946, Mercer was named to the Honor Rolls of Baseball by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[4] In 1969, he was voted the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest award bestowed by the BBWAA.[2]


  1. ^ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007 [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
  2. ^ a b "1969 BBWAA Career Excellence Award Winner Sid Mercer". Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  3. ^ New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
  4. ^ "Sid Mercer". The Idea Logical Company, Inc. Archived from the original on December 24, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2009.