Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell

October 12, 1905
5' 10"
160 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-19-1929 with SLA
Hall of Fame:

Likable Rick Ferrell had a long and distinguished career in baseball, as a player, coach, scout, GM and executive. He was the starting catcher for the American League in the first six All-Star games ever played. He caught more than 1,800 games in a career spent with the Browns, Senators and Red Sox. Unfortunately, those clubs rarely posted winning records, and the closest Ferrell came to the World Series was in 1945 when he was 39 years old and Washington lost the pennant on the next-to-the-last day of the season. A career .281 hitter, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 at the age of 79, primarily due to his defensive abilities.

Where does Rick Ferrell rank among baseball greats?

Rick Ferrell ranks among the Top 50 all-time at C.

Rick Ferrell All time Teammates:

Rick Ferrell Teammates

Wally Schang
Jimmie Foxx
Buddy Myer
Harlond Clift
Joe Cronin
Al Simmons
George Case
Goose Goslin
Bump Hadley
Wes Ferrell
Lefty Grove
Dutch Leonard
Early Wynn
Bucky Harris


Best Season: 1932
Ferrell had a very good year. At that time few catchers could hit and excel at the position defensively. With the Browns, Ferrell batted .315 in 126 games, while leading AL catchers with 78 assists from behind the plate. He also hit 30 doubles and drove in 65 runs from the #8 spot in the St. Louis order. Ferrell also batted .300 in 1931 and 1936, and in 1947 at the age of 41.

Most Games Caught
1. Carlton Fisk... 2,226
2. Bob Boone... 2,225
3. Gary Carter... 2,056
4. Tony Pena... 1,950
5. Jim Sundberg... 1,927
6. Al Lopez... 1,918
7. Lance Parrish... 1,818
8. Rick Ferrell... 1,806
9. Gabby Hartnett... 1,793
10. Benito Santiago... 1,792

Knuckled Under
With the Senators in 1945, Ferrell set a record that will probably never be approached. That season he regularly caught four knuckleball pitchers. The Senators pitching rotation consisted of knuckleballers Dutch Leonard, Roger Wolff, Mickey Haefner and Johnny Niggeling. Only when Marino Pieretti was on the mound did Ferrell get a break from the dancing knuckler.

Where He Played
Ferrell's 1,806 games behind the plate were an American League record when he retired in 1947.

Richard Benjamin Ferrell was born on October 12, 1905, in Durham, NC.

July 27, 1995, Bloomfield Hills, MI


Major League Debut
4 19,1929

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1929
Rick Ferrell
Doc Cramer
Earl Averill
Bobo Newsom
Larry French
Chief Hogsett
Dale Alexander
Lyn Lary
Eric McNair

Uniform Numbers
#8 (1931-1933 Browns, 1938-1941 Senators, 1944-1945 Senators), #9 (1933 Red Sox, 1942-1943 Browns), #7 (1934-1935), #2 (1936-1937 Red Sox), #10 (1937 Senators), #11 (1941 Browns), #37 (1947)


Family Tree
Ferrell's brother Wes was a better player than Rick. The two played together on the Boston Red Sox from 1934 to 1937, when they were traded in tandem in mid-season to the Senators. Wes was a strong athlete with a great arm and good bat. He actually hit more homers in his career (38), than his Hall of Fame brother (28).

Similar Players
Jimmie Wilson, Luke Sewell


Related Players
Wes Ferrell, Al Lopez, Ernie Lombardi, Carlton Fisk


Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1956 BBWAA 1 .5%
1958 BBWAA 9 3.4%
1960 BBWAA 1 .4%
1984 Veterans %


May 9, 1933: Traded by the St. Louis Browns with Lloyd Brown to the Boston Red Sox for Merv Shea and cash; June 11, 1937: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Mel Almada and Wes Ferrell to the Washington Senators for Ben Chapman and Bobo Newsom; May 15, 1941: Traded by the Washington Senators to the St. Louis Browns for Vern Kennedy; March 1, 1944: Traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Washington Senators for Tony Giuliani and cash. Tony Giuliani refused to report to his new team. The Washington Senators sent Gene Moore (March 1, 1944) to the Browns to complete the trade.

All-Star Selections
1933 AL
1934 AL
1935 AL
1936 AL
1937 AL
1938 AL
1944 AL
1945 AL

Wally Schang

Replaced By
Al Evans and Jake Early

Best Strength as a Player
Blocking pitches and knowledge of the strike zone.

Largest Weakness as a Player

1968 World Series, 1984 World Series, Baseball Executive, Baseball History, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Hall of Fame, Rick Ferrell, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators
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