Ralph Terry Stats

Ralph Terry was born on Thursday, January 9, 1936, in Big Cabin, Oklahoma. Terry was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 6, 1956, with the New York Yankees. 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 Ralph Terry baseball stats page.

"On the morning of the seventh game, Terry told a writer: 'After that Mazeroski home run in 1960, the fact that this team is letting me pitch the seventh game is like a tonic to me.' It was two years later and Terry had won more games than any other American League pitcher in the 1962 campaign, and still he needed a vote of confidence to erase the image of Bill Mazeroski , and to wipe out the stigma of being a loser. They said of Ralph Terry after the 1960 Series, after the seventh-game , sudden-death home run, he had not been dismayed, he'd been destroyed." - Author Bill Littlefield in Fall Classics: The Best Writing About the World Series' First 100 Years (Broadway Books, August 24, 2004, Page 182)
Ralph Terry

Ralph Terry Autograph on a 2003 Upper Deck Yankees Signature Series (#PN-RT)
Ralph Terry Autograph on a 2003 Upper Deck Yankees Signature Series (#PN-RT)

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Birth Name:
Ralph Willard Terry
Nickname:
None
Born On:
01-09-1936  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Big Cabin, Oklahoma
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Chelsea High School (Chelsea, OK)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
08-06-1956 (Age 20)
Last Game:
04-14-1967
Draft:
Not Applicable
Ralph Terry

Ralph Terry 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
1956 20 Yankees 3 3 0 1 2 .333 9.45 0 0 0 13.1 62 17 14 15 2 11 0 8 0 0 0 -
1957 21 Yankees 7 2 2 1 1 .500 3.05 1 1 0 20.2 85 18 7 7 1 8 1 7 0 0 0 -
1957 21 Athletics 21 19 0 4 11 .267 3.37 3 1 0 130.2 556 119 49 63 15 47 2 80 3 4 1 -
1958 22 Athletics 40 33 3 11 13 .458 4.24 8 3 2 216.2 906 217 102 111 29 61 4 134 3 2 0 -
1959 23 Athletics 9 7 1 2 4 .333 5.24 2 0 0 46.1 205 56 27 29 9 19 1 35 1 1 0 -
1959 23 Yankees 24 16 1 3 7 .300 3.39 5 1 0 127.1 529 130 48 55 7 30 5 55 2 2 0 -
1960 24 Yankees 35 23 7 10 8 .556 3.40 7 3 1 166.2 687 149 63 78 15 52 3 92 3 4 0 -
1961 25 Yankees 31 27 2 16 3 .842 3.15 9 2 0 188.1 751 162 66 74 19 42 0 86 0 1 0 -
1962 26 Yankees 43 39 2 23 12 .657 3.19 14 3 2 298.2 1,191 257 106 123 40 57 1 176 2 3 0 -
1963 27 Yankees 40 37 2 17 15 .531 3.22 18 3 1 268.0 1,074 246 96 103 29 39 1 114 1 4 0 -
1964 28 Yankees 27 14 9 7 11 .389 4.54 2 1 4 115.0 499 130 58 60 20 31 3 77 1 1 0 -
1965 29 Indians 30 26 1 11 6 .647 3.69 6 2 0 165.2 668 154 68 77 22 23 3 84 0 1 0 -
1966 30 Athletics 15 10 0 1 5 .167 3.80 0 0 0 64.0 270 65 27 35 7 15 3 33 2 1 0 -
1966 30 Mets 11 1 6 0 1 .000 4.74 0 0 1 24.2 104 27 13 14 1 11 1 14 0 0 0 -
1967 31 Mets 2 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 3.1 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
12 Years 338 257 37 107 99 .519 3.62 75 20 11 1,849.1 7,598 1,748 744 844 216 446 28 1,000 18 24 1 -
Ralph Terry

Ralph Terry Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1956 20 Yankees 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1957 21 Yankees 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250
1957 21 Athletics 22 42 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 2 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143
1958 22 Athletics 40 71 3 14 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 14 3 0 0 1 .197 .219 .211
1959 23 Athletics 9 17 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 .176 .176 .176
1959 23 Yankees 24 41 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 2 0 0 0 .098 .119 .098
1960 24 Yankees 35 49 1 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 18 7 0 0 2 .122 .140 .143
1961 25 Yankees 31 66 3 15 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 16 5 1 0 1 .227 .235 .258
1962 26 Yankees 43 106 6 20 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 27 11 0 2 1 .189 .218 .189
1963 27 Yankees 40 87 2 7 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 17 9 1 0 1 .080 .100 .080
1964 28 Yankees 27 35 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 4 0 0 1 .200 .263 .229
1965 29 Indians 30 49 2 7 2 0 1 0 4 4 0 21 10 0 1 0 .143 .222 .245
1966 30 Athletics 15 14 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 6 1 0 0 0 .214 .313 .286
1966 30 Mets 11 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1967 31 Mets 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
12 Years 339 593 22 95 8 0 1 0 26 19 0 151 55 2 3 10 .160 .190 .179
Ralph Terry

Ralph Terry Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1956 Yankees P 3 3 40 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.68
1957 Yankees P 7 2 62 8 1.1 7 2 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 3.05
1957 Athletics P 21 19 392 31 1.5 30 11 19 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.07
1958 Athletics P 40 33 650 41 1.0 37 13 24 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .902 1.54
1959 Athletics P 9 7 139 13 1.4 12 4 8 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.33
1959 Yankees P 24 16 382 33 1.4 31 10 21 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .939 2.19
1960 Yankees P 35 23 500 36 1.0 36 12 24 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.94
1961 Yankees P 31 27 565 50 1.6 50 20 30 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.39
1962 Yankees P 43 39 896 53 1.2 52 21 31 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.57
1963 Yankees P 40 37 804 64 1.6 63 31 32 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.12
1964 Yankees P 27 14 345 26 1.0 26 10 16 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.03
1965 Indians P 30 26 497 24 0.8 23 11 12 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.25
1966 Athletics P 15 10 192 13 0.9 12 5 7 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.69
1966 Mets P 11 1 74 4 0.4 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.46
1967 Mets P 2 0 10 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.70
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 338 257 5,548 398 1.2 385 150 235 13 16 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.87
12 Years 338 257 5,548 398 1.2 385 150 235 13 16 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.87
Ralph Terry

Ralph Terry Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1956 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.73 5.40 7.43
1957 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.88 3.05 3.48
1957 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 5.3 42.0 1.70 5.51 3.24
1958 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 17.8 2.20 5.57 2.53
1959 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.5 0.0 1.84 6.80 3.69
1959 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 0.0 1.83 3.89 2.12
1960 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 49.0 1.77 4.97 2.81
1961 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.1 13.2 2.05 4.11 2.01
1962 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 15.1 3.09 5.30 1.72
1963 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 29.0 2.92 3.83 1.31
1964 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 2.48 6.03 2.43
1965 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 49.0 2.3 12.3 3.65 4.56 1.25
1966 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 14.0 2.20 4.64 2.11
1966 Mets 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.27 5.11 4.01
1967 Mets 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 13.50 0.00
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
12 Years 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 593.0 3.9 22.8 2.24 4.87 2.17
Ralph Terry

Ralph Terry Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1956 New York Yankees 21 Undetermined - -
1957 New York Yankees 21 Undetermined - -
1957 Kansas City Athletics 26 Undetermined - -
1958 Kansas City Athletics 26 Undetermined - -
1959 Kansas City Athletics 26 Undetermined - -
1959 New York Yankees 23 Undetermined - -
1960 New York Yankees 23 Undetermined - Stats
1961 New York Yankees 23 Undetermined - Stats
1962 New York Yankees 23 Undetermined Stats Stats
1963 New York Yankees 23 $48,000.00 - Stats
1964 New York Yankees 23 $38,000.00 - Stats
1965 Cleveland Indians 32 $30,000.00 - -
1966 Kansas City Athletics 26 $31,000.00 - -
1966 New York Mets 38 "     " - -
1967 New York Mets 38 $30,000.00 - -


Did you know that Ralph Terry - who won World Series rings in 1961 and 1962 - is the only pitcher in baseball history to surrender a World Series ( 1960 ), Game 7 , walk-off home run?

After Ralph Terry hung up his cleats, he became a professional golfer who won the 1980 Midwest PGA Championship - the only former Major League player to win a PGA tour event. Denver Post Sports Columnist Woody Paige was playing in a pro-am golf tournament in 1999, was moved by the events he saw, and wrote ( Link ) an exceptional biographical article about Terry:
Ralph Terry Rookie Card
Ralph Terry | 1957 Topps Rookie Card (#391) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Who's Ralph Terry, indeed!

A couple of teenagers hanging out with our fivesome during the pro-am at the Celebrity Players Tour tournament were, as pubescent boys do, giggling, inhaling fruit punch and begging to drive the golf cart when an elderly man teed off.

"You oughta be asking for his autograph,'' said this old-timer. "He's Ralph Terry.''

"Who's Ralph Terry?'' one of the youths replied.

Who's Ralph Terry, indeed!

At their age, I knew exactly who Ralph Terry was - and treasured his baseball card.

The former outstanding New York Yankees pitcher was involved in so many of the most memorable moments in major-league baseball.

In the bottom of the ninth of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series , Bill Mazeroski hit Terry's second pitch out of Forbes Field to give the Pittsburgh Pirates the championship. It was the first time a Fall Classic (and it certainly was) ended with a home run.

Two Octobers later, after pitching a four-hit shutout in the Yankees ' 1-0 World Series ( Game 7 ) clinching victory, Terry was named the MVP .

[Additional Details: Ralph Terry won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award ( MVP ) in the 1962 World Series , the fifth Bronx Bomber to earn an MVP , joining Don Larsen ( 1956 World Series ), Bob Turley ( 1958 World Series ), Bobby Richardson ( 1960 World Series ) and Whitey Ford ( 1961 World Series ).]

He also was there (as a rookie) for the only perfect game ever thrown (by Don Larsen ) in the World Series, the record-breaking home run by Roger Maris , Whitey Ford's recordbreaking streak of scoreless innings in the World Series (a mark that Babe Ruth also held), Sandy Koufax's record-breaking number of strikeouts in a World Series game, Mickey Mantle's record-breaking World Series homer.

He played for Casey Stengel , was traded with Billy Martin , pitched to Ted Williams , Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays , was on seven pennant-winning teams and won 23 games one season and was 16-3 in another.

And he pitched for two years with the Denver Bears at old Merchant's Park.

That's who Ralph Terry was then. Now he's a parttime professional golfer and a full-time gentleman.

The five-hour stroll around Inverness and into the past 50 years was the best time I've had in a long time. Listening to Terry is like peering into a family chest in the attic.

The gray-haired, gregarious 63-year-old native of Big Cabin, Okla., vividly remembers every pitch he threw - especially the one to Mazeroski , with the Yankees and the Pirates tied at 9 in the last of the ninth, 39 years ago.

With the series at 3-3 - after the Yankees had flogged Pittsburgh by scores of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0 - Stengel chose Bob Turley to start instead of Terry. Turley lasted one inning. "I warmed up five different times,'' Terry said, "and sat back down four times.''

The Yankees were ahead 7-4 in the eighth when a routine double-play grounder to Tony Kubek took a wicked hop and struck the shortstop in the throat. The Pirates scored five runs before Terry came in. "Even if your arm is hanging off, you pitch in that situation.'' He got a fly-ball out to end the inning, and the Yankees replied with two runs in the ninth.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Mazeroski took a high slider for a ball, and Yankees catcher John Blanchard went out to tell Terry to keep the ball down.

Terry fired the infamous fastball. There is a photograph of Terry - with his late-afternoon shadow seemingly stretching almost to the left-field wall - watching the ball soar into history. "I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen that home run,'' he said.

His eyes a waterfall, Terry immediately ran to apologize to Stengel , but it didn't matter. The Ol' Professor was "retired'' two days later.

But two years later, in the bottom of the ninth with two on and two out and the Giants trailing the Yankees by a run at Candlestick Park in Game 7 , the right-handed Terry faced left-handed slugger Willie McCovey . Terry threw his heater, and McCovey crushed a line drive. Bobby Richardson speared it, and Terry left the mound laughing, not crying. (He got a raise to $48,000 the next year.)

Terry loves Denver. His 12-year big-league career (with 107 victories) was launched by the Bears, and his stint on the Senior PGA Tour (in which he placed in the top 10 in money winnings) began with an appearance in the defunct Denver Post Champions of Golf tournament.

As Terry left the course Saturday, spectators - teenagers and adults - were shoving past him to touch the latter-day athletic stars.

I wonder if, in 40 years, young boys will stare at another world championship MVP and ask: "Who's John Elway?'

In 1961 , Ralph Terry became the first New York Yankees pitcher to have at least fifteen wins AND finish with a winning percentage above .840; however, that same exact year, Terry and Whitey Ford were actually both first, as Ford also finished above .840, won 25 games, the Cy Young Award and set a new team record (.862) for winning percentage that was broken seventeen years later by Ron Guidry (.893 in 1978). One year later, Terry had his first twenty-win season and was the first Bronx Bomber to surrender forty-home runs in a season, a franchise record that hasn't been broken to this day.

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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