Rick Ferrell Stats

Rick Ferrell was born on Thursday, October 12, 1905, in Durham, North Carolina. Ferrell was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 19, 1929, with the St. Louis Browns. 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 Rick Ferrell baseball stats page.

"Even if Rick hadn't been a good hitter and a durable catcher, clever with the glove, he would have deserved the Hall of Fame for catching four knuckleball pitchers ( Mickey Haefner , Dutch Leonard , Johnny Niggeling , Roger Wolff ) at one time." - Scout Joe Mathes (National Baseball Hall of Fame, "Rick Ferrell", Source )
Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell Autograph on a 1992 Sporting News Baseball Card (#471)
Rick Ferrell Autograph on a 1992 Sporting News Baseball Card (#471)

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Birth Name:
Richard Benjamin Ferrell
Nickname:
Rick
Born On:
10-12-1905  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Durham, North Carolina
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-27-1995 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Cemetery:
New Garden Friends Cemetery, Greensboro, North Carolina Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Guilford High School (Guilford, NC)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
160
First Game:
04-19-1929 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-14-1947
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $1,500
Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1929 24 Browns 64 144 21 33 6 1 0 0 20 32 - 10 4 0 1 1 .229 .373 .285
1930 25 Browns 101 314 43 84 18 4 1 0 41 46 - 10 11 0 1 1 .268 .363 .360
1931 26 Browns 117 386 47 118 30 4 3 0 57 56 - 12 3 0 0 9 .306 .394 .427
1932 27 Browns 126 438 67 138 30 5 2 0 65 66 - 18 9 0 1 9 .315 .406 .420
1933 28 Browns 22 72 8 18 2 0 1 0 5 12 - 4 1 0 0 1 .250 .357 .319
1933 28 Red Sox 118 421 50 125 19 4 3 0 72 58 - 19 14 0 2 5 .297 .385 .382
1934 29 Red Sox 132 437 50 130 29 4 1 0 48 66 - 20 4 0 0 12 .297 .390 .389
1935 30 Red Sox 133 458 54 138 34 4 3 0 61 65 - 15 13 0 0 9 .301 .388 .413
1936 31 Red Sox 121 410 59 128 27 5 8 0 55 65 - 17 5 0 0 8 .312 .406 .461
1937 32 Red Sox 18 65 8 20 2 0 1 0 4 15 - 4 0 0 0 2 .308 .438 .385
1937 32 Senators 86 279 31 64 6 0 1 0 32 50 - 18 2 0 1 7 .229 .348 .262
1938 33 Senators 135 411 55 120 24 5 1 0 58 75 - 17 9 0 0 4 .292 .401 .382
1939 34 Senators 87 274 32 77 13 1 0 0 31 41 - 12 7 0 1 4 .281 .377 .336
1940 35 Senators 103 326 35 89 18 2 0 0 28 47 - 15 2 0 0 7 .273 .365 .340
1941 36 Senators 21 66 8 18 5 0 0 0 13 15 - 4 1 0 0 3 .273 .407 .348
1941 36 Browns 100 321 30 81 14 3 2 0 23 52 - 22 2 0 0 9 .252 .357 .333
1942 37 Browns 99 273 20 61 6 1 0 0 26 33 - 13 6 0 0 5 .223 .307 .253
1943 38 Browns 74 209 12 50 7 0 0 0 20 34 - 14 2 0 1 3 .239 .348 .273
1944 39 Senators 99 339 14 94 11 1 0 0 25 46 - 13 2 0 0 10 .277 .364 .316
1945 40 Senators 91 286 33 76 12 1 1 0 38 43 - 13 4 0 2 10 .266 .366 .325
1947 42 Senators 37 99 10 30 11 0 0 0 12 14 - 7 2 0 0 4 .303 .389 .414
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
18 Years 1,884 6,028 687 1,692 324 45 28 0 734 931 - 277 103 0 10 123 .281 .378 .363
Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1929 Browns C 45 39 996 182 4.0 175 140 35 7 3 2 9 17 .962 4.74
1930 Browns C 101 91 2,346 409 4.0 402 336 66 7 5 2 33 36 .983 4.63
1931 Browns C 108 105 2,751 512 4.7 498 412 86 14 11 6 41 30 .973 4.89
1932 Browns C 120 119 2,799 572 4.8 564 486 78 8 9 3 35 32 .986 5.44
1933 Browns C 21 21 557 108 5.1 107 91 16 1 1 0 5 8 .991 5.19
1933 Red Sox C 116 115 2,932 582 5.0 576 500 76 6 9 1 57 44 .990 5.30
1934 Red Sox C 128 124 3,146 609 4.8 603 531 72 6 7 6 45 28 .990 5.18
1935 Red Sox C 131 126 3,198 612 4.7 599 520 79 13 12 8 30 46 .979 5.06
1936 Red Sox C 121 118 2,896 619 5.1 611 556 55 8 5 1 37 29 .987 5.70
1937 Red Sox C 18 18 461 104 5.8 103 93 10 1 1 0 5 2 .990 6.03
1937 Senators C 84 83 2,153 388 4.6 383 341 42 5 5 6 38 23 .987 4.80
1938 Senators C 131 123 3,094 592 4.5 581 512 69 11 15 8 50 29 .981 5.07
1939 Senators C 83 81 2,039 382 4.6 373 327 46 9 9 19 16 23 .976 4.94
1940 Senators C 99 97 2,412 504 5.1 494 427 67 10 5 17 27 30 .980 5.53
1941 Senators C 21 21 486 100 4.8 98 85 13 2 1 3 6 4 .980 5.44
1941 Browns C 98 92 2,298 393 4.0 391 340 51 2 11 6 30 22 .995 4.59
1942 Browns C 95 75 1,909 419 4.4 413 356 57 6 7 10 43 24 .986 5.84
1943 Browns C 70 67 1,490 384 5.5 379 327 52 5 7 2 33 18 .987 6.87
1944 Senators C 96 95 2,408 483 5.0 474 403 71 9 8 20 36 19 .981 5.31
1945 Senators C 83 82 2,208 399 4.8 395 331 64 4 3 21 21 22 .990 4.83
1947 Senators C 37 29 760 157 4.2 156 134 22 1 5 1 5 14 .994 5.54
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 1,806 1,721 43,339 8,510 4.7 8,375 7,248 1,127 135 139 142 602 500 .984 5.22
18 Years 1,806 1,721 43,339 8,510 4.7 8,375 7,248 1,127 135 139 142 602 500 .984 5.22
Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1929 Browns 1 2 .333 19 0 n/a 0.0 14.4 7.2 - - -
1930 Browns 1 4 .200 0 0 n/a 314.0 31.4 7.7 - - -
1931 Browns 2 3 .400 9 0 n/a 128.7 32.2 6.8 - - -
1932 Browns 5 5 .500 6 0 n/a 219.0 24.3 6.7 - - -
1933 Browns 2 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 72.0 18.0 14.4 - - -
1933 Red Sox 2 2 .500 2 0 n/a 140.3 22.2 5.8 - - -
1934 Red Sox 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 437.0 21.9 9.1 - - -
1935 Red Sox 5 8 .385 4 1 n/a 152.7 30.5 7.5 - - -
1936 Red Sox 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 51.3 24.1 7.5 - - -
1937 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 65.0 16.3 16.3 - - -
1937 Senators 1 1 .500 2 0 n/a 279.0 15.5 8.7 - - -
1938 Senators 1 0 1.000 4 0 n/a 411.0 24.2 7.1 - - -
1939 Senators 1 1 .500 4 0 n/a 0.0 22.8 8.8 - - -
1940 Senators 1 1 .500 4 0 n/a 0.0 21.7 11.6 - - -
1941 Senators 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 16.5 5.1 - - -
1941 Browns 2 1 .667 4 0 n/a 160.5 14.6 14.0 - - -
1942 Browns 0 1 .000 3 0 n/a 0.0 21.0 10.5 - - -
1943 Browns 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 14.9 10.5 - - -
1944 Senators 2 1 .667 3 0 n/a 0.0 26.1 13.6 - - -
1945 Senators 2 4 .333 8 0 n/a 286.0 22.0 7.5 - - -
1947 Senators 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 14.1 8.3 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
18 Years 29 35 .453 82 1 n/a 215.3 21.8 8.2 - - -
Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1929 St. Louis Browns n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1930 St. Louis Browns n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1931 St. Louis Browns 8 $10,000.00 n/a -
1932 St. Louis Browns 8 $9,000.00 n/a -
1933 St. Louis Browns 8 $7,000.00 - -
1933 Boston Red Sox 9 "     " Stats -
1934 Boston Red Sox 7 $9,500.00 Stats -
1935 Boston Red Sox 7 $10,000.00 Stats -
1936 Boston Red Sox 2 $11,000.00 Stats -
1937 Boston Red Sox 2 $12,000.00 Stats -
1937 Washington Senators 10 "     " Stats -
1938 Washington Senators 8 $11,000.00 Stats -
1939 Washington Senators 8 $11,000.00 - -
1940 Washington Senators 8 $8,500.00 - -
1941 Washington Senators 8 $8,500.00 - -
1941 St. Louis Browns 11 "     " - -
1942 St. Louis Browns 9 $7,500.00 - -
1943 St. Louis Browns 9 $8,000.00 - -
1944 Washington Senators 8 $8,000.00 Stats -
1945 Washington Senators 8 $9,000.00 n/a -
1947 Washington Senators 37 $7,500.00 - -


Rick Ferrell hit a home run on July 19, 1933 , in the bottom of the fourth inning. During that same inning, Wes Ferrell - Rick's brother - had hit a home run off Hank Johnson making them the first brothers to each hit a home run in the same American League game (and they did it in the same inning). Another unique twist? The homer Rick hit was off a pitch thrown by Wes !

The 1933 All-Star Game was the first Midsummer Classic in baseball history and only two catchers were there representing the American League, Bill Dickey and Rick Ferrell. The only backstop from the junior circuit to step on the field that day was Rick, who caught all nine-innings of the first All-Star Game ever played. Seven more All-Star Games would follow and in 1984, induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. An honor that not all baseball historians believe should have occurred:

"In his years on the Hall of Fame ballot, Rick Ferrell never received more than one vote - one - from the 300-plus members of the BBWAA. The 1966 book, Baseball's Greatest Catchers [Al Hirshberg] has articles on Johnny Kling , Hank Gowdy , Steve O'Neill , Wally Schang , Muddy Ruel , Birdie Tebbetts , Mickey Owen , Walker Cooper , Jim Hegan , Del Crandall , and Elston Howard , but no mention of Rick Ferrell."

"Of course Ferrell does not belong in the Hall of Fame, but he was a pretty good player. He hit .271 in his career and walked a lot, giving him a .378 career on-base percentage - 7th best amount the top 100 catchers. You add a long career, a good on-base percentage, and good defense, that doesn't make a Hall of Famer, but it makes a good player."

Source: The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (Bill James, 29. Rick Ferrell , Page 393)

Rick Ferrell & Wes Ferrell
Rick Ferrell & Wes Ferrell | Boston Red Sox Press Photo | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
The Ferrell brothers played together as teammates from 1934 through 1937 with the Boston Red Sox then they were both traded to the Washington Senators were they continued playing together as teammates for two additional seasons.

Last-Modified: April 3, 2019 4:49 AM EST

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