Ferris Fain Stats

Ferris Fain was born on Tuesday, March 29, 1921, in San Antonio, Texas. Fain was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1947, with the Philadelphia Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ferris Fain baseball stats page.

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"Ferris Fain is the only player in major league history who (a) won a batting title , and (b) had a higher ratio of walks to hits than Ted Williams ... He also had the fourth-best strikeout/walk ratio in major league history, behind Joe Sewell , Mickey Cochrane , and Tommy Holmes . Fain's father, Okie Fain, was a top-notch jockey just before World War I. He (or actually his horse) finished second in the 1912 Kentucky Derby, riding a 20-1 shot named Duval, and he was the #2 jockey in the nation in 1913. Later, when he grew too big to ride horses, he switched to prize fighting. Ferris was born in 1921. His parents split up when he was young. Ferris went with his mother, and his father died in 1934, so Ferris never really knew him. At first he also wanted to be a jockey, but as he outgrew that, he also switched to fighting. He liked to fight, and he was good, but the pay was steadier playing baseball, so he drifted into baseball, although he continued to fight regularly in barrooms, bathrooms, bullpens and dugouts." - Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Abstract (Free Press, 06/13/2003, '#62. Ferris Fain', Page 454)

Ferris Fain

Ferris Fain Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#24 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ferris Fain Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#24 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Ferris Roy Fain
Nickname:
Burrhead - Cocky
Born On:
03-29-1921  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Antonio, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-18-2001 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Georgetown, California
Cemetery:
Georgetown Pioneer Cemetery, Georgetown, California
High School:
Roosevelt High School (Oakland, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
186
First Game:
04-15-1947 (Age 26)
Last Game:
09-24-1955
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Ferris Fain Pitching Stats

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Ferris Fain Hitting Stats

1947 26 Athletics 136 461 70 134 28 6 7 1 71 95 1 34 9 - 2 15 .291 .414 .423
1948 27 Athletics 145 520 81 146 27 6 7 0 88 113 4 37 8 - 3 17 .281 .412 .396
1949 28 Athletics 150 525 81 138 21 5 3 1 78 136 2 51 11 - 0 15 .263 .415 .339
1950 29 Athletics 151 522 83 147 25 4 10 0 83 133 3 26 0 - 3 18 .282 .430 .402
1951 30 Athletics 117 425 63 146 30 3 6 0 57 80 1 20 3 - 3 10 .344 .451 .471
1952 31 Athletics 145 538 82 176 43 3 2 0 59 105 3 26 4 - 1 19 .327 .438 .429
1953 32 White Sox 128 446 73 114 18 2 6 0 52 108 2 28 6 - 4 11 .256 .405 .345
1954 33 White Sox 65 235 30 71 10 1 5 1 51 40 1 14 1 5 1 2 .302 .399 .417
1955 34 Tigers 58 140 23 37 8 0 2 0 23 52 2 12 2 2 0 5 .264 .459 .364
1955 34 Indians 56 118 9 30 3 0 0 0 8 42 1 13 0 1 1 5 .254 .451 .280
9 Years 1,151 3,930 595 1,139 213 30 48 3 570 904 20 261 44 8 18 117 .290 .424 .396

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Ferris Fain Fielding Stats

1947 Athletics 1B 132 130 3,378 1,261 9.6 1,242 1,141 101 19 118 n/a n/a n/a .985 9.93
1948 Athletics 1B 145 145 3,747 1,420 9.8 1,404 1,284 120 16 148 n/a n/a n/a .989 10.12
1949 Athletics 1B 150 150 18,393 1,419 9.5 1,397 1,275 122 22 194 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.05
1950 Athletics 1B 151 151 393 1,429 9.5 1,410 1,286 124 19 192 n/a n/a n/a .987 96.87
1951 Athletics 1B 108 107 2,724 1,055 9.8 1,044 931 113 11 124 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.35
1951 Athletics LF 1 0 3 11 11.0 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 99.00
1951 Athletics RF 10 10 240 16 1.6 13 11 2 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .813 1.46
1952 Athletics 1B 144 144 3,777 1,417 9.8 1,395 1,245 150 22 124 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.97
1953 White Sox 1B 127 124 3,315 1,227 9.7 1,214 1,108 106 13 98 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.89
1954 White Sox 1B 64 64 1,614 604 9.4 596 565 31 8 54 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.97
1955 Tigers 1B 44 42 1,098 404 9.2 399 370 29 5 42 n/a n/a n/a .988 9.81
1955 Indians 1B 51 34 1,041 359 7.0 356 325 31 3 30 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.23
1B Totals 1,116 1,091 39,480 10,595 9.5 10,457 9,530 927 138 1,124 n/a n/a n/a .987 7.15
RF Totals 10 10 240 16 1.6 13 11 2 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .813 1.46
LF Totals 1 0 3 11 11.0 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 99.00
9 Years 1,127 1,101 39,723 10,622 9.4 10,481 9,552 929 141 1,125 n/a n/a n/a .987 7.12

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Ferris Fain Miscellaneous Stats

1947 Athletics 4 5 .444 6 0 n/a 65.9 13.6 6.5 - - -
1948 Athletics 10 5 .667 0 0 n/a 74.3 14.1 5.9 - - -
1949 Athletics 8 1 .889 0 0 n/a 175.0 10.3 6.7 - - -
1950 Athletics 8 5 .615 0 0 n/a 52.2 20.1 6.3 - - -
1951 Athletics 0 3 .000 0 0 n/a 70.8 21.3 7.5 - - -
1952 Athletics 3 5 .375 1 0 n/a 269.0 20.7 9.1 - - -
1953 White Sox 3 2 .600 2 1 n/a 74.3 15.9 8.6 - - -
1954 White Sox 5 1 .833 1 0 n/a 47.0 16.8 4.6 - - -
1955 Tigers 2 1 .667 14 0 n/a 70.0 11.7 6.1 - - -
1955 Indians 3 0 1.000 8 0 n/a 0.0 9.1 14.8 - - -
9 Years 46 28 .622 32 1 n/a 81.9 15.1 6.9 - - -

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Ferris Fain Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1947 Philadelphia Athletics 5 $6,500.00 - -
1948 Philadelphia Athletics 5 $7,000.00 - -
1949 Philadelphia Athletics 5 $15,000.00 - -
1950 Philadelphia Athletics 8 $25,000.00 Stats -
1951 Philadelphia Athletics 8 $26,500.00 Stats -
1952 Philadelphia Athletics 8 $28,500.00 Stats -
1953 Chicago White Sox 8 $31,500.00 Stats -
1954 Chicago White Sox 8 $45,000.00 Stats -
1955 Detroit Tigers 3 $18,000.00 - -
1955 Cleveland Indians 33 "     " - -
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In 1949 , Ferris Fain walked to first base a record one-hundred thirty-six times, the most by a left-handed hitter in Athletics history, passing the record of one-hundred twenty-eight set by Max Bishop in 1930 . The team record set by Fain stood for fifty-one years, until Jason Giambi was walked one-hundred thirty-seven times with Oakland in 2000 .

Did you know that Ferris Fain is the only left-handed batting champion in Athletics franchise history? Cocky won two batting titles , hitting .344 in 1951 ( Top 25 ), and .327 in 1952 ( Top 25 ), the first and only left lefty to lead the American League in team history. Athletics batting champions who came before Fain were Nap Lajoie (.426 in 1901 ), Al Simmons (.381 in 1930 & 390 in 1931 ), and Jimmie Foxx (.356 in 1933 ).

On June 29, 1947 , hit an inside the park grand slam, the last Philadelphia Athletics player to hit an inside the park homer with the bases loaded. On June 10, 1979 , Jim Essian hit an inside the park grand slam - the next player in team history to match the feat, the first in an Oakland Athletics uniform.

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