Red Ruffing Stats

Red Ruffing was born on Wednesday, May 3, 1905, in Granville, Illinois. Ruffing was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 31, 1924, 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 Red Ruffing baseball stats page.

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"As a kid I threw the out-curve, and in-curve, and drop - a slider. My hero was the Yanks' Red Ruffing. He had this great windup, would pick his left leg up, and keep it high in the air. I said, 'I'm going to pitch like him.' So I did one day in Coney Island, picked up that leg, and fell right on my ass." - Singer Robert Merrill in What Baseball Means to Me: A Celebration of Our National Pastime (Curt Smith, Grand Central Publishing, 05/06/2002, Page 134)

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Red Ruffing Autograph on a 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes (#31)

Red Ruffing Autograph on a 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes (#31)

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Birth Name:
Charles Herbert Ruffing
Nickname:
Red
Born On:
05-03-1905  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Granville, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-17-1986 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Cemetery:
Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bedford Heights, Ohio Click For Grave Photo
High School:
McLoud High School (McLoud, OK)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
05-31-1924 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-15-1947
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Red Ruffing Pitching Stats

1924 19 Red Sox 8 2 3 0 0 .000 6.65 0 0 0 23.0 108 29 17 17 0 9 - 10 1 3 0 -
1925 20 Red Sox 37 27 6 9 18 .333 5.01 13 3 1 217.1 957 253 121 135 10 75 - 64 1 2 1 -
1926 21 Red Sox 37 22 11 6 15 .286 4.39 6 0 2 166.0 724 169 81 98 4 68 - 58 0 5 0 -
1927 22 Red Sox 26 18 7 5 13 .278 4.66 10 0 2 158.1 703 160 82 94 7 87 - 77 5 4 1 -
1928 23 Red Sox 42 34 8 10 25 .286 3.89 25 1 2 289.1 1,273 303 125 147 8 96 - 118 4 10 0 -
1929 24 Red Sox 35 32 5 9 22 .290 4.86 18 1 1 244.1 1,112 280 132 162 17 118 - 109 6 2 0 -
1930 25 Red Sox 4 3 1 0 3 .000 6.38 1 0 0 24.0 114 32 17 19 1 6 - 14 0 1 2 -
1930 25 Yankees 34 25 8 15 5 .750 4.14 12 2 1 197.2 846 200 91 106 10 62 - 117 4 2 0 -
1931 26 Yankees 37 30 5 16 14 .533 4.41 19 1 2 237.0 1,042 240 116 130 11 87 - 132 1 6 0 -
1932 27 Yankees 35 29 6 18 7 .720 3.09 22 3 2 259.0 1,098 219 89 102 16 115 - 190 5 3 0 -
1933 28 Yankees 35 28 7 9 14 .391 3.91 18 0 3 235.0 1,006 230 102 118 7 93 - 122 0 4 0 -
1934 29 Yankees 36 31 3 19 11 .633 3.93 19 5 0 256.1 1,100 232 112 134 18 104 - 149 1 1 0 -
1935 30 Yankees 30 29 1 16 11 .593 3.12 19 2 0 222.0 925 201 77 88 17 76 - 81 1 1 1 -
1936 31 Yankees 33 33 0 20 12 .625 3.85 25 3 0 271.0 1,151 274 116 133 22 90 - 102 7 3 0 -
1937 32 Yankees 31 31 0 20 7 .741 2.98 22 4 0 256.1 1,058 242 85 101 17 68 - 131 1 1 1 -
1938 33 Yankees 31 31 0 21 7 .750 3.31 22 3 0 247.1 1,043 246 91 104 16 82 - 127 1 0 1 -
1939 34 Yankees 28 28 0 21 7 .750 2.93 22 5 0 233.1 968 211 76 88 15 75 - 95 3 2 0 -
1940 35 Yankees 30 30 0 15 12 .556 3.38 20 3 0 226.0 954 218 85 98 24 76 - 97 1 3 0 -
1941 36 Yankees 23 23 0 15 6 .714 3.54 13 2 0 185.2 771 177 73 87 13 54 - 60 1 1 0 -
1942 37 Yankees 24 24 0 14 7 .667 3.21 16 4 0 193.2 784 183 69 72 10 41 - 80 0 3 0 -
1945 40 Yankees 11 11 0 7 3 .700 2.89 8 1 0 87.1 364 85 28 32 2 20 - 24 0 1 0 -
1946 41 Yankees 8 8 0 5 1 .833 1.77 4 2 0 61.0 243 37 12 13 2 23 - 19 0 0 0 -
1947 42 White Sox 9 9 0 3 5 .375 6.11 1 0 0 53.0 235 63 36 39 7 16 - 11 3 0 0 -
22 Years 624 538 71 273 225 .548 3.80 335 45 16 4,344.0 18,579 4,284 1,833 2,117 254 1,541 - 1,987 46 58 7 -

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Red Ruffing Hitting Stats

1924 19 Red Sox 8 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .429
1925 20 Red Sox 37 79 6 17 4 2 0 0 11 1 0 22 2 0 1 0 .215 .235 .316
1926 21 Red Sox 37 51 8 10 1 0 1 0 5 2 0 12 2 0 0 0 .196 .226 .275
1927 22 Red Sox 29 55 5 14 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 6 6 0 1 2 .255 .268 .345
1928 23 Red Sox 60 121 12 38 13 1 2 0 19 3 0 12 7 0 0 0 .314 .331 .488
1929 24 Red Sox 60 114 9 35 9 0 2 0 17 2 0 13 3 0 1 0 .307 .325 .439
1930 25 Red Sox 6 11 2 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .273 .273 .455
1930 25 Yankees 52 99 15 37 6 2 4 0 21 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 .374 .415 .596
1931 26 Yankees 48 109 14 36 8 1 3 0 12 1 0 13 6 0 0 1 .330 .336 .505
1932 27 Yankees 55 124 20 38 6 1 3 0 19 6 0 10 2 0 0 1 .306 .338 .444
1933 28 Yankees 55 115 10 29 3 1 2 1 13 7 0 15 2 0 0 2 .252 .295 .348
1934 29 Yankees 45 113 11 28 3 0 2 0 13 3 0 17 0 0 1 3 .248 .274 .327
1935 30 Yankees 50 109 13 37 10 0 2 0 18 3 0 9 1 0 1 0 .339 .363 .486
1936 31 Yankees 53 127 14 37 5 0 5 0 22 11 0 12 2 0 0 4 .291 .348 .449
1937 32 Yankees 54 129 11 26 3 0 1 0 10 13 1 24 2 0 0 6 .202 .275 .248
1938 33 Yankees 45 107 12 24 4 1 3 0 17 17 0 21 1 0 0 1 .224 .331 .364
1939 34 Yankees 44 114 12 35 1 0 1 0 20 7 0 18 3 0 0 1 .307 .347 .342
1940 35 Yankees 33 89 8 11 4 0 1 0 7 3 0 9 1 0 0 6 .124 .152 .202
1941 36 Yankees 38 89 10 27 8 1 2 0 22 4 0 12 1 0 0 2 .303 .333 .483
1942 37 Yankees 30 80 8 20 4 0 1 0 13 5 0 13 2 0 1 2 .250 .302 .338
1945 40 Yankees 21 46 4 10 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 .217 .217 .326
1946 41 Yankees 8 25 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 0 0 0 1 .120 .154 .160
1947 42 White Sox 14 24 2 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 .208 .240 .208
22 Years 882 1,937 207 521 98 13 36 1 273 97 1 266 43 0 6 33 .269 .306 .389

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Red Ruffing Fielding Stats

1924 Red Sox P 8 2 69 3 0.4 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.17
1925 Red Sox P 37 27 652 58 1.6 57 7 50 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.36
1926 Red Sox P 37 22 498 45 1.2 44 10 34 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.39
1927 Red Sox P 26 18 475 45 1.7 44 8 36 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.50
1928 Red Sox P 42 34 868 61 1.5 58 7 51 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .951 1.80
1929 Red Sox LF 2 0 5 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
1929 Red Sox P 35 32 733 56 1.6 53 7 46 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .946 1.95
1930 Red Sox P 4 3 72 3 0.8 2 0 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 0.75
1930 Yankees P 34 25 593 32 0.9 30 3 27 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.37
1931 Yankees P 37 30 711 36 1.0 36 4 32 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.37
1931 Yankees RF 1 0 18 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1932 Yankees P 35 29 777 44 1.3 42 4 38 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.46
1933 Yankees P 35 28 705 55 1.6 53 8 45 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.03
1934 Yankees P 36 31 769 45 1.3 42 10 32 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.47
1935 Yankees P 30 29 666 43 1.4 43 17 26 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.74
1936 Yankees P 33 33 813 70 2.1 69 13 56 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.29
1937 Yankees P 31 31 769 38 1.2 37 9 28 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.30
1938 Yankees P 31 31 742 45 1.5 45 11 34 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1939 Yankees P 28 28 700 42 1.5 40 8 32 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.54
1940 Yankees P 30 30 678 38 1.3 36 6 30 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.43
1941 Yankees P 23 23 557 28 1.2 28 7 21 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.36
1942 Yankees P 24 24 581 39 1.6 38 8 30 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.77
1945 Yankees P 11 11 262 14 1.3 13 2 11 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.34
1946 Yankees P 8 8 183 8 1.0 8 2 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.18
1947 White Sox P 9 9 159 9 1.0 9 2 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.53
P Totals 624 538 13,032 857 1.4 830 153 677 27 51 n/a n/a n/a .968 1.72
LF Totals 2 0 5 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
RF Totals 1 0 18 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
22 Years 627 538 13,055 859 1.4 832 155 677 27 51 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.72

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Red Ruffing Miscellaneous Stats

1924 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.0 0.0 1.11 3.91 3.52
1925 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 7.2 0.85 2.65 3.11
1926 Red Sox 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 51.0 4.3 10.2 0.85 3.14 3.69
1927 Red Sox 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 0.0 9.2 13.8 0.89 4.38 4.95
1928 Red Sox 0 0 .000 18 0 n/a 60.5 10.1 6.4 1.23 3.67 2.99
1929 Red Sox 0 0 .000 23 0 n/a 57.0 8.8 6.7 0.92 4.02 4.35
1930 Red Sox 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 11.0 11.0 2.33 5.25 2.25
1930 Yankees 0 0 .000 18 0 n/a 24.8 14.1 4.7 1.89 5.33 2.82
1931 Yankees 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 36.3 8.4 9.1 1.52 5.01 3.30
1932 Yankees 0 0 .000 20 0 n/a 41.3 12.4 6.5 1.65 6.60 4.00
1933 Yankees 0 0 .000 22 0 n/a 57.5 7.7 8.8 1.31 4.67 3.56
1934 Yankees 0 0 .000 9 0 n/a 56.5 6.6 8.7 1.43 5.23 3.65
1935 Yankees 0 0 .000 20 0 n/a 54.5 12.1 6.1 1.07 3.28 3.08
1936 Yankees 0 0 .000 20 0 n/a 25.4 10.6 5.8 1.13 3.39 2.99
1937 Yankees 0 0 .000 23 0 n/a 129.0 5.4 12.9 1.93 4.60 2.39
1938 Yankees 0 0 .000 14 0 n/a 35.7 5.1 6.3 1.55 4.62 2.98
1939 Yankees 1 0 1.000 16 0 n/a 114.0 6.3 5.7 1.27 3.66 2.89
1940 Yankees 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 89.0 9.9 12.7 1.28 3.86 3.03
1941 Yankees 0 0 .000 15 0 n/a 44.5 7.4 4.0 1.11 2.91 2.62
1942 Yankees 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 80.0 6.2 6.2 1.95 3.72 1.91
1945 Yankees 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 46.0 5.8 9.2 1.20 2.47 2.06
1946 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 25.0 0.83 2.80 3.39
1947 White Sox 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 8.0 8.0 0.69 1.87 2.72
22 Years 1 1 .500 257 0 n/a 53.8 7.3 7.1 1.29 4.12 3.19

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Red Ruffing Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1924 Boston Red Sox n/a $1,800.00 n/a -
1925 Boston Red Sox n/a $2,250.00 n/a -
1926 Boston Red Sox n/a $4,000.00 n/a -
1927 Boston Red Sox n/a $4,500.00 n/a -
1928 Boston Red Sox n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1929 Boston Red Sox n/a $6,500.00 n/a -
1930 Boston Red Sox n/a $6,750.00 n/a -
1930 New York Yankees 21 "     " n/a -
1931 New York Yankees 18 $9,000.00 n/a -
1932 New York Yankees 15 $8,000.00 n/a Stats
1933 New York Yankees 15 $10,000.00 - -
1934 New York Yankees 15 $7,500.00 Stats -
1935 New York Yankees 15 $12,000.00 - -
1936 New York Yankees 15 $12,000.00 - Stats
1937 New York Yankees 15 $15,000.00 - Stats
1938 New York Yankees 15 $19,000.00 Stats Stats
1939 New York Yankees 15 $23,000.00 Stats Stats
1940 New York Yankees 15 $24,000.00 Stats -
1941 New York Yankees 15 $21,000.00 Stats Stats
1942 New York Yankees 15 $19,000.00 Stats Stats
1945 New York Yankees 22 $17,000.00 n/a -
1946 New York Yankees 22 , 15 $16,000.00 - -
1947 Chicago White Sox 34 $15,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Red Ruffing suffered the loss of four toes on his left foot in a freak mining accident in Coalton, Illinois, as a youth? Ruffing subsequently converted from an outfielder to a pitcher.

Did you know that Red Ruffing is one of only three New York Yankee pitchers with four twenty-win seasons (1936, 1937, 1938, 1939)? Do you know who the other two are? A clue, it isn't Jack Chesbro , Ron Guidry , Mel Stottlemyre or Vic Raschi , they each had three twenty-win seasons with the Bronx Bombers . [Answer: Pitcher 1 / Pitcher 2 ]

On August 13, 1932 , Red Ruffing threw a complete game shutout and hit a 10th inning home run off Washington Senators pitcher Tommy Thomas to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory. Ruffing is one of only three pitchers in Major League history to win a game 1-0, hit a home run in the game, and strike out ten or more batters. The others are Early Wynn , who achieved the feat in 1957, and Yovani Gallardo , who did it in 2009.

Red Ruffing Hall of Fame Plaque
Red Ruffing | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1967 ( HOF )
After retiring, Ruffing worked as a roving instructor in the Cleveland Indians organization. When Al Simmons retired from his coaching position just before the 1951 season, bullpen coach Jake Flowers was moved to the third base coaching position, and Ruffing took over Flowers ' duties. From 1952-1961, Ruffing was a player personnel executive for the Indians . Ruffing returned to baseball serving as pitching coach for the New York Mets in 1962. The job also involved scouting duties, and Ruffing retired shortly after. He returned to baseball again in 1969, at the request of former teammate Don Heffner , who was managing the Denver Bears of the American Association, serving as pitching coach. At an Old Timers Day Ceremony on July 10, 2004, the New York Yankees dedicated a plaque in his memory in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

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