- October 12, 1905
- 5' 10"
- 160 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-19-1929 with SLA
- Hall of Fame:
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
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
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
Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1929
#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)
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).
Jimmie Wilson, Luke Sewell
Wes Ferrell, Al Lopez, Ernie Lombardi, Carlton Fisk
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.
Al Evans and Jake Early
Best Strength as a Player
Blocking pitches and knowledge of the strike zone.
Largest Weakness as a Player
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