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Full Name: Richard Benjamin Ferrell Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/160 First Game: April 19, 1929
Birthdate: October 12, 1905 Final Game: September 14, 1947
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina MLB Experience: 18 years
Died: July 27, 1995
Deathplace: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984


Biography

Rick Ferrell (Richard Benjamin Ferrell) was born on October 12, 1905 in Durham, North Carolina. He made his Major League debut on April 19, 1929 for the St. Louis Browns. In 1929, his rookie year, he hit .229 with 0 home runs and 20 RBI. Ferrell played for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators over the course of his 18 year career.

Most people believe that Rick Ferrell's best season was 1933, when he hit for a .290 average and knocked in 77 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1929 STL A 64 144 21 33 0 20 .229 .373 .285 6 1 32 10 1 4 1 0 0
1930 STL A 101 314 43 84 1 41 .268 .363 .360 18 4 46 10 1 11 1 0 0
1931 STL A 117 386 47 118 3 57 .306 .394 .427 30 4 56 12 0 3 2 0 0
1932 STL A 126 438 67 138 2 65 .315 .406 .420 30 5 66 18 1 9 5 0 0
1933 STL A 22 72 8 18 1 5 .250 .357 .319 2 0 12 4 0 1 2 0 0
1933 BOS A 118 421 50 125 3 72 .297 .385 .382 19 4 58 19 2 14 2 0 0
1933 TOT A 140 493 58 143 4 77 .290 .381 .373 21 4 70 23 2 15 4 0 0
1934 BOS A 132 437 50 130 1 48 .297 .390 .389 29 4 66 20 0 4 0 0 0
1935 BOS A 133 458 54 138 3 61 .301 .388 .413 34 4 65 15 0 13 5 0 0
1936 BOS A 121 410 59 128 8 55 .312 .406 .461 27 5 65 17 0 5 0 0 0
1937 WAS A 86 279 31 64 1 32 .229 .348 .262 6 0 50 18 1 2 1 0 0
1937 BOS A 18 65 8 20 1 4 .308 .438 .385 2 0 15 4 0 0 0 0 0
1937 TOT A 104 344 39 84 2 36 .244 .366 .285 8 0 65 22 1 2 1 0 0
1938 WAS A 135 411 55 120 1 58 .292 .401 .382 24 5 75 17 0 9 1 0 0
1939 WAS A 87 274 32 77 0 31 .281 .377 .336 13 1 41 12 1 7 1 0 4
1940 WAS A 103 326 35 89 0 28 .273 .365 .340 18 2 47 15 0 2 1 0 7
1941 WAS A 21 66 8 18 0 13 .273 .407 .348 5 0 15 4 0 1 1 0 3
1941 STL A 100 321 30 81 2 23 .252 .357 .333 14 3 52 22 0 2 2 0 9
1941 TOT A 121 387 38 99 2 36 .256 .366 .336 19 3 67 26 0 3 3 0 12
1942 STL A 99 273 20 61 0 26 .223 .307 .253 6 1 33 13 0 6 0 0 5
1943 STL A 74 209 12 50 0 20 .239 .348 .273 7 0 34 14 1 2 0 0 3
1944 WAS A 99 339 14 94 0 25 .277 .364 .316 11 1 46 13 0 2 2 0 10
1945 WAS A 91 286 33 76 1 38 .266 .366 .325 12 1 43 13 2 4 2 0 10
1947 WAS A 37 99 10 30 0 12 .303 .389 .414 11 0 14 7 0 2 0 0 4
Total 1884 6028 687 1692 28 734 .281 .378 .363 324 45 931 277 10 103 29 0 55

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1929 STL A C 45 0 0 140 35 7 3 0 2 0 0 0 .962
1930 STL A C 101 0 0 336 66 7 5 0 2 0 0 0 .983
1931 STL A C 108 0 0 412 86 14 11 0 6 0 0 0 .973
1932 STL A C 120 0 0 486 78 8 9 0 3 0 0 0 .986
1933 STL A C 21 0 0 91 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1933 BOS A C 116 0 0 500 76 6 9 0 1 0 0 0 .990
1933 TOT A C 137 0 0 591 92 7 10 0 1 0 0 0 .990
1934 BOS A C 128 0 0 531 72 6 7 0 6 0 0 0 .990
1935 BOS A C 131 0 0 520 79 13 12 0 8 0 0 0 .979
1936 BOS A C 121 0 0 556 55 8 5 0 1 0 0 0 .987
1937 WAS A C 84 0 0 341 42 5 5 0 6 0 0 0 .987
1937 BOS A C 18 0 0 93 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1937 TOT A C 102 0 0 434 52 6 6 0 6 0 0 0 .988
1938 WAS A C 131 0 0 512 69 11 15 0 8 0 0 0 .981
1939 WAS A C 83 0 0 327 46 9 9 0 19 0 0 0 .976
1940 WAS A C 99 0 0 427 67 10 5 0 17 0 0 0 .980
1941 WAS A C 21 0 0 85 13 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 .980
1941 STL A C 98 0 0 340 51 2 11 0 6 0 0 0 .995
1941 TOT A C 119 0 0 425 64 4 12 0 9 0 0 0 .992
1942 STL A C 95 0 0 356 57 6 7 0 10 0 0 0 .986
1943 STL A C 70 0 0 327 52 5 7 0 2 0 0 0 .987
1944 WAS A C 96 0 0 403 71 9 8 0 20 0 0 0 .981
1945 WAS A C 83 0 0 331 64 4 3 0 21 0 0 0 .990
1947 WAS A C 37 0 0 134 22 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 .994
Total C 1806 0 0 7248 1127 135 139 0 142 0 0 0 .984

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Detroit Tigers (1926).
  • Granted free agency (November 8, 1928).
  • Signed by St. Louis Browns (November 11, 1928).
  • Traded by St. Louis Browns with Lloyd Brown to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Merv Shea and cash (May 9, 1933).
  • Traded by Boston Red Sox with Wes Ferrell and Mel Almada to Washington Senators in exchange for Ben Chapman and Bobo Newsom (June 11, 1937).
  • Traded by Washington Senators to St. Louis Browns in exchange for Vern Kennedy (May 15, 1941).
  • Traded by St. Louis Browns to Washington Senators in exchange for Tony Giuliani and cash (March 1, 1944); Tony Giuliani refused to report to St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators sent Gene Moore (March 1, 1944) to complete trade. Released by Washington Senators (December 29, 1947).

Career Highlights

  • All-Star: 8 times (1933-1938, 1944-1945)
  • Received votes for the MVP award in 4 different years, but never finished higher than 12th in the voting
  • Was among the top ten in toughest batters to strike out 8 times
  • Ranked by Bill James as the 29th greatest catcher of all-time

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