Dave Ferriss was born on Monday, December 5, 1921, in Shaw, Mississippi. Ferriss was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 29, 1945, with the Boston Red Sox. 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 Dave Ferriss baseball stats page.
"The main thing I learned about Ferris (sic) is contained in a remark made by an American League hitter. This hitter said: 'I know why I can't hit Ferris. He hides the ball behind his back and he uses his glove to shield the ball from the hitter. The glove screens the ball, and the hitter doesn't get a look at the ball at all, until it is almost on top of him.'" - Author Bert Vincent Dunne in Play Ball! (Doubleday Publishers, 1947, Page 196)
Dave "Boo" Ferriss Autograph on a 1949 Bowman Reprint Baseball Card (#211)
Dave Ferriss Pitching Stats
Dave Ferriss Hitting Stats
Dave Ferriss Fielding Stats
|1945 Red Sox||P||35||31||794||91||2.6||89||22||67||2||10||n/a||n/a||n/a||.978||3.03|
|1946 Red Sox||P||40||35||822||69||1.7||68||25||43||1||5||n/a||n/a||n/a||.986||2.23|
|1947 Red Sox||P||33||28||655||48||1.5||46||13||33||2||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||.958||1.90|
|1948 Red Sox||P||31||9||346||31||1.0||31||10||21||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||2.42|
|1949 Red Sox||P||4||0||20||1||0.3||1||1||0||0||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.35|
|1950 Red Sox||P||1||0||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.000||0.00|
Dave Ferriss Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|1945 Red Sox||0||0||.000||26||0||n/a||120.0||10.9||6.3||1.11||3.20||2.89|
|1946 Red Sox||0||0||.000||5||0||n/a||0.0||6.1||16.4||1.49||3.48||2.33|
|1947 Red Sox||0||0||.000||19||0||n/a||0.0||9.9||5.2||0.70||2.64||3.79|
|1948 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||6.2||6.2||0.49||2.34||4.76|
|1949 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||0.0||1.0||0.25||1.35||5.40|
|1950 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||n/a||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.00||9.00||9.00|
Dave Ferriss Miscellaneous Items of Interest
|Team [Click for Roster]||Uniform Numbers||Salary||All-Star||World Series|
|1945 Boston Red Sox||33||$4,800.00||n/a||-|
|1946 Boston Red Sox||33||$15,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1947 Boston Red Sox||33||$20,000.00||-||-|
|1948 Boston Red Sox||33||$15,000.00||-||-|
|1949 Boston Red Sox||33||$15,000.00||-||-|
|1950 Boston Red Sox||33||$12,000.00||-||-|
|Dave Ferriss Stats by Baseball Almanac|
What did Ferriss think of the Major Leagues after his career? In Baseball Digest , 'What Some Old-Timers Think of the Major Leagues Today' (November 1995, Rick Van Blair, Page 51) he said, "It was a different game when I played. They gave you the ball and you took pride in going nine innings. Relief pitchers just were not used then as they are now. It's the same game today on the field, more or less, but a little different off the field with all the money and everything."
Did you know that Dave Ferriss was the second pitcher in
Boston Red Sox
history to win at least twenty games during his first big league season (21-10 in 1945)? The ace who came before was
, who had twenty wins and nine losses in 1912. No
Boston Red Sox
pitcher has matched this feat to date.
Dave Ferriss Wins 20 | Moberly Monitor-Index (Moberly, MO) | August 14, 1946 | Page 6
Did you know that Dave Ferris was the sixth American League pitcher in history to throw a shutout in his first two starts ( 04-29-1945 | 05-06-1945 )? Those who came before Boo were: Joe Doyle , Buck O'Brien , George Dumont , Johnny Marcum and Hal White .
Did you know that Dave Ferris also won twenty-games his second season, finishing 25-6 in 1946, becoming the first and only Boston Red Sox pitcher (and there have been more than 800 of them) in team history to accomplish the feat?
Did you know that Dave Ferris once pitched a game left-handed? The Havre Daily News (Havre, Montana, July 10, 1945, Page 5) reported, "July 10 - Rookie, right-hander Dave Ferris, who has one 14 games and lost two for the Boston Red Sox this season, is going to use a 'secret weapon' today when he meets the Braves in a war charities game. he is going to pitch left handed. Ferriss, who is ambidextrous, has been warming up as a left hander lately, but lacks the control to become a southpaw suddenly in a league game. He things, however, that eventually he may develop his left handed pitching to such an extent that he can be his own relief hurler."
Did you know that Dave Ferris turned ten double plays in 1945, the most by any Red Sox pitcher during a single season in team history. The next closest are Howard Ehmke (1923) and Bob Stanley (1980), both of which had eight.
Dave Ferriss | Gillette Razor Company Advertisement | September 1946 | Frank Williams (Artist)
Dave Ferriss made his Major League debut on April 29, 1945 , throwing a complete game shutout in his first big league start. Boo allowed five hits, struck out six Philadelphia Athletics, and wore uniform #33 - the first Red Sox player in team history to wear #33 .
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