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Full Name: Ralph Willard Terry Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/195 First Game: August 6, 1956
Birthdate: January 9, 1936 Final Game: April 22, 1967
Birthplace: Big Cabin, Oklahoma MLB Experience: 12 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on January 9, 1936 in Big Cabin, Oklahoma, Ralph Terry (Ralph Willard Terry) played for the New York Yankees (1956–57, 1959–64), Kansas City Athletics (1957–59, 1966), Cleveland Indians (1965), and New York Mets (1966–67) over the course of his 12 year career. Terry broke into the bigs on August 6, 1956 with the New York Yankees, and put up a 3.33 ERA in 151.1 innings pitched in 1957, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Ralph Terry's best season was 1962, when he posted a 3.19 ERA, won 23 games and struck out 176 batters.

In his 12 seasons as a player, Terry posted a career record of 107-99, with 1000 strikeouts, a 3.27 earned run average, 257 games started, 75 games finished, 20 shutouts, 11 saves, and 446 bases on balls in 1849 innings pitched.

In five World Series (1960–64), Terry posted a record of 2-3, 31 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA. Both wins came in the 1962 World Series (of which he was named MVP) against the San Francisco Giants, including a 1-0 shutout in Game 7 over Giant ace Jack Sanford. That game—and thus the Series—ended with Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson catching Willie McCovey's line drive with Willie Mays on second and Matty Alou on third; had the ball been hit a foot or so to either side, Richardson could not have caught it and San Francisco would have scored two runs and won the Series.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1956 NY A 3 3 1 2 9.45 8 15 14 0 0 0 13.1 17 2 11 0 0 0
1957 NY A 7 2 1 1 3.05 7 7 7 1 1 0 20.2 18 1 8 1 0 0
1957 KC A 21 19 4 11 3.38 80 63 49 3 1 0 130.2 119 15 47 2 3 4
1957 TOT A 28 21 5 12 3.33 87 70 56 4 2 0 151.1 137 16 55 3 3 4
1958 KC A 40 33 11 13 4.24 134 111 102 8 3 2 216.2 217 29 61 4 3 2
1959 NY A 24 16 3 7 3.39 55 55 48 5 1 0 127.1 130 7 30 5 2 2
1959 KC A 9 7 2 4 5.24 35 29 27 2 0 0 46.1 56 9 19 1 1 1
1959 TOT A 33 23 5 11 3.89 90 84 75 7 1 0 173.2 186 16 49 6 3 3
1960 NY A 35 23 10 8 3.40 92 78 63 7 3 1 166.2 149 15 52 3 3 4
1961 NY A 31 27 16 3 3.15 86 74 66 9 2 0 188.1 162 19 42 0 0 1
1962 NY A 43 39 23 12 3.19 176 123 106 14 3 2 298.2 257 40 57 1 2 3
1963 NY A 40 37 17 15 3.22 114 103 96 18 3 1 268 246 29 39 1 1 4
1964 NY A 27 14 7 11 4.54 77 60 58 2 1 4 115 130 20 31 3 1 1
1965 CLE A 30 26 11 6 3.69 84 77 68 6 2 0 165.2 154 22 23 3 0 1
1966 NY N 11 1 0 1 4.74 14 14 13 0 0 1 24.2 27 1 11 1 0 0
1966 KC A 15 10 1 5 3.80 33 35 27 0 0 0 64 65 7 15 3 2 1
1966 Total 26 11 1 6 4.06 47 49 40 0 0 1 88.2 92 8 26 4 2 1
1967 NY N 2 0 0 0 .00 5 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 13 1 0 1 4.18 19 14 13 0 0 1 28 28 1 11 1 0 0
Total AL 325 256 107 98 3.61 981 830 731 75 20 10 1821.1 1720 215 435 27 18 24
Total 338 257 107 99 3.62 1000 844 744 75 20 11 1849.1 1748 216 446 28 18 24

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1956 NY A P 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 NY A P 7 2 20.2 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .875
1957 KC A P 21 19 130.2 11 19 1 2 0 0 3 3 0 .968
1957 TOT A P 28 21 151.1 13 24 2 2 0 0 3 4 0 .949
1958 KC A P 40 33 216.2 13 24 4 3 0 2 9 10 0 .902
1959 NY A P 24 16 127.1 10 21 2 0 0 1 7 5 0 .939
1959 KC A P 9 7 46.1 4 8 1 4 0 0 2 2 0 .923
1959 TOT A P 33 23 173.2 14 29 3 4 0 1 9 7 0 .935
1960 NY A P 35 23 166.2 12 24 0 3 0 0 5 5 0 1.000
1961 NY A P 31 27 188.1 20 30 0 1 0 0 9 6 0 1.000
1962 NY A P 43 39 298.2 21 31 1 0 0 0 9 7 0 .981
1963 NY A P 40 37 268 31 32 1 2 0 0 7 4 0 .984
1964 NY A P 27 14 115 10 16 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.000
1965 CLE A P 30 26 165.2 11 12 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 .958
1966 NY N P 11 1 24.2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
1966 KC A P 15 10 64 5 7 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 .923
1966 Total P 26 11 88.2 5 11 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 .941
1967 NY N P 2 0 3.1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total P 338 254 1836 150 235 13 16 0 3 60 48 0 .967

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1956 NY A 3 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1957 NY A 7 4 0 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 KC A 22 42 1 6 0 1 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 8 0 2 0 0 2
1957 TOT A 29 46 1 7 0 1 .152 .170 .152 0 0 1 8 0 2 0 0 2
1958 KC A 40 71 3 14 0 4 .197 .219 .211 1 0 2 14 0 3 0 0 1
1959 NY A 24 41 0 4 0 0 .098 .119 .098 0 0 1 8 0 2 0 0 0
1959 KC A 9 17 0 3 0 0 .176 .176 .176 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
1959 TOT A 33 58 0 7 0 0 .121 .136 .121 0 0 1 10 0 3 0 0 1
1960 NY A 35 49 1 6 0 1 .122 .140 .143 1 0 1 18 0 7 0 0 2
1961 NY A 31 66 3 15 0 5 .227 .235 .258 2 0 1 16 0 5 0 0 1
1962 NY A 43 106 6 20 0 7 .189 .218 .189 0 0 2 27 2 11 0 0 1
1963 NY A 40 87 2 7 0 3 .080 .100 .080 0 0 2 17 0 9 0 0 1
1964 NY A 27 35 2 7 0 0 .200 .263 .229 1 0 3 10 0 4 0 0 1
1965 CLE A 30 49 2 7 1 4 .143 .222 .245 2 0 4 21 1 10 0 0 0
1966 NY N 11 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
1966 KC A 15 14 2 3 0 1 .214 .313 .286 1 0 2 6 0 1 0 0 0
1966 Total 26 20 2 4 0 1 .200 .273 .250 1 0 2 9 0 1 0 0 0
1967 NY N 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 13 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total AL 326 587 22 94 1 26 .160 .190 .179 8 0 19 148 3 55 0 0 10
Total 339 593 22 95 1 26 .160 .190 .179 8 0 19 151 3 55 0 0 10

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (November 19, 1953).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Billy Martin, Woodie Held and Bob Martyn to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Ryne Duren, Jim Pisoni and Harry Simpson (June 15, 1957).
  • Traded by Kansas City Athletics with Hector Lopez to New York Yankees in exchange for Johnny Kucks, Tom Sturdivant and Jerry Lumpe (May 26, 1959).
  • Traded by New York Yankees to Cleveland Indians (October 21, 1964) as part of trade in which New York Yankees traded $75000 and 2 players to be named later to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Pedro Ramos (September 5, 1964); Cleveland Indians received Bud Daley (November 27, 1964).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for John O'Donoghue and cash (April 6, 1966).
  • Sold by Kansas City Athletics to New York Mets (August 6, 1966).
  • Released by New York Mets (November 30, 1966).
  • Signed by New York Mets (April 2, 1967).
  • Released by New York Mets (May 16, 1967).

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