|Date of birth||9 September 1928|
|Place of birth||Cologne, Germany|
|Date of death||18 April 2016(aged 87)|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1951–1952||1. FC Köln|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He took his club team Rot-Weiss Essen to the peak of its history and won a national championship in 1955. The following season, Rot-Weiss Essen became the first German side to qualify for the European Cup.
Initially, Herkenrath played handball. He started out as a right winger and only later became a goalkeeper. Soon after World War II, Herkenrath switched from handball to football. Herkenrath began studying at the German Sport University Cologne where he first encountered Sepp Herberger, who was a tutor there. Playing for 1. FC Köln in the early 1950s, Herkenrath was mostly the second goalkeeper behind the Dutchman Frans de Munck. He joined Rot-Weiß Essen in 1952 and soon rose to prominence playing for Essen. Herkenrath became known as the "flying schoolmaster" due to his main occupation as a teacher.
- Arnhold, Matthias (1 September 2016). "Fritz Herkenrath - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 179.
- Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 180.
- Ex-Nationalspieler und RW-Essen-Legende gestorben (in German)