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 Autograph on a 2003 Upper Deck Yankees Signature Series (#PN-RT)
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|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||-||-|
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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 (
biographical article about Terry:
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.
[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.
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.
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.