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Rick Ferrell
STL-A, BOS-A, WAS-A
Hall of Fame Inductee - 1984
All-Star Selection 1933-1938

Full Name: Richard Benjamin Ferrell
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Born: Oct 12, 1905 in Durham, NC
Major League Debut: Apr 19, 1929
Died: Jul 27, 1995 in Bloomfield Hills, MI
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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1947
TM
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Was
Was
Was
Was
Was
StL
StL
StL
Was
Was
Was
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
G
64
101
117
126
22
118
132
133
121
18
86
135
87
103
21
100
99
74
99
91
37
AB
144
314
386
438
72
421
437
458
410
65
279
411
274
326
66
321
273
209
339
286
99
R
21
43
47
67
8
50
50
54
59
8
31
55
32
35
8
30
20
12
14
33
10
H
33
84
118
138
18
125
130
138
128
20
64
120
77
89
18
81
61
50
94
76
30
2B
6
18
30
30
2
19
29
34
27
2
6
24
13
18
5
14
6
7
11
12
11
3B
1
4
4
5
0
4
4
4
5
0
0
5
1
2
0
3
1
0
1
1
0
HR
0
1
3
2
1
3
1
3
8
1
1
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
RBI
20
41
57
65
5
72
48
61
55
4
32
58
31
28
13
23
26
20
25
38
12
TB
41
113
165
184
23
161
170
189
189
25
73
157
92
111
23
107
69
57
107
93
41
BB
32
46
56
66
12
58
66
65
65
15
50
75
41
47
15
52
33
34
46
43
14
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals G
1884
AB
6028
R
687
H
1692
2B
324
3B
45
HR
28
RBI
734
TB
2190
BB
931
IBB
0


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1947
TM
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Was
Was
Was
Was
Was
StL
StL
StL
Was
Was
Was
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
K
10
10
12
18
4
19
20
15
17
4
18
17
12
15
4
22
13
14
13
13
7
HBP
1
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
SH
4
11
3
9
1
14
4
13
5
0
2
9
7
2
1
2
6
2
2
4
2
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
GDP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
7
3
9
5
3
10
10
4
SB
1
1
2
5
2
2
0
5
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
2
0
0
2
2
0
CS
2
4
3
5
0
2
0
8
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
1
4
0
SB%
.333
.200
.400
.500
1.000
.500
-.---
.385
.000
-.---
.500
1.000
.500
.500
1.000
.667
.000
-.---
.667
.333
-.---
AVG
.229
.268
.306
.315
.250
.297
.297
.301
.312
.308
.229
.292
.281
.273
.273
.252
.223
.239
.277
.266
.303
OBP
.373
.363
.394
.406
.357
.385
.390
.388
.406
.438
.348
.401
.377
.365
.407
.357
.307
.348
.364
.366
.389
SLG
.285
.360
.427
.420
.319
.382
.389
.413
.461
.385
.262
.382
.336
.340
.348
.333
.253
.273
.316
.325
.414
AB/HR
--.-
314.0
128.7
219.0
72.0
140.3
437.0
152.7
51.3
65.0
279.0
411.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
160.5
--.-
--.-
--.-
286.0
--.-
AB/K
14.4
31.4
32.2
24.3
18.0
22.2
21.9
30.5
24.1
16.3
15.5
24.2
22.8
21.7
16.5
14.6
21.0
14.9
26.1
22.0
14.1
Totals K
277
HBP
10
SH
103
SF
0
GDP
55
SB
29
CS
35
SB%
.453
BAVG
.281
OBP
.378
SLG
.363
AB/HR
215.3
AB/K
21.8


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1944
1945
TM
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Was
Was
Was
Was
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
AB
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
H
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
TB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
K
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
.000
-.---
-.---
.000
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
SLG
.000
-.---
-.---
.000
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
--.-
--.-
1.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
2
AB
5
R
0
H
0
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
TB
0
BB
0
K
2
SB
0
AVG
.000
SLG
.000
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
2.5


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1929-1943
1933-1937
1937-1947
TM
StL
Bos
Was
LG
AL
AL
AL
TEAM NAME
St. Louis Browns
Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals
LEAGUE NAME
American League
American League
American League



Rick's six-year run of being named to the all-star team began with the first-ever game in 1933. Manager Connie Mack's respect for him was such that Ferrell caught all 9 innings of the first midseason classic in 1933.

He was a stand-out defensively with a fine arm, and he had a knack for handling the knuckler. At one time with the Senators there were four knuckle-ballers in the starting rotation. He also hit over .300 four times during his 18-year career.

Several factors stopped Rick Ferrell from getting a strong defensive reputation. For starters, the press focused on winning teams, spreading credit from player to player. And writers found that a catcher could be blamed for pitching mediocrity. Upon his retirement as a player-coach with the 1947 Senators, Rick Ferrell had rewritten the AL record for most games caught with 1,805 appearances. Approaching his eightieth birthday, Ferrell was finally honored by the Hall of Fame in 1984.