Cooperstown Chronicles – Rick Ferrell

Jun 25, 2008
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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1984.


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The Numbers
Played 1929 – 1947 (18 Years)
1884 Games
6028 At Bats
.281 Batting Average 
687 Runs
1692 Hits
324 Doubles
45 Triples
28 HRs
734 RBI
931 Walks
29 SBs

Four .300 Seasons
Three 30 Double Seasons

Awards

8 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 4 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

On-base % - Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

HOF Standards: Batting – 23.9 (462) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 109.0 (132) (Likely HOFer > 100)

It’s safe to say Rick Ferrell’s offense didn’t get him into the HOF.  Not that he wasn’t a decent hitter, but he just didn’t reach any milestones or rank in the top ten in anything.  What he did excel at was longevity.  He set the bar for games caught by AL Catchers.  He caught four knuckleballers in 1945.  I’m not going to say he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame because a catcher’s impact on the game does not always show up in the stat books.  I do offer him as an example why Ted Simmons should be in the Hall of Fame though.
 
References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library


Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Solid work

  2. fanofreds
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Well done. I like to think I know quite a bit about baseball but Rick Ferrell escaped my baseball knowledge. I would never have known he was a Hall of Famer before reading this.

  3. LestersLegends
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Mo – thanks
    fanofreds – i didn’t know he was a HOFer until I looked it up.

  4. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | Fantasy Sports Blog
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    [...] George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve Garvey Lefty [...]

  5. BraystreetLad
    December 29th, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    I’d have to have an IQ like John Stuart Mill’s or Albert Einstein’s to
    begin to explain why Rick Ferrell is a Hall Of Famer.After 50 years as a
    baseball fan,I’ve seen,conservatively,50 catchers who were better than
    Ferrell whose only chance of getting to Cooperstown is buying a plane or
    bus ticket there and visiting the Hall,as should have been Ferrell’s fate.
    Oh,I know:As Tigers GM in the 50′s,Ferrell was instrumental in kee-
    ping the club lily-white(and lousy)until ’59,when a washed-up
    Larry Doby briefly patrolled left-field for the Bengals.(Some call
    Ozzie Virgil,who debut with a 5-for-5 game June 6,1958-a month before
    my fifth birthday,the first black Tiger,but almost no blacks regard
    Virgil as black,and even the Dominican-born Virgil,first big-leaguer
    from his country,said he suffered relatively few of the attendant hu-
    miliations of being considered of African heritage a half-century
    ago.
    Anyway,Ferrell is among the ten-worst Hall Of Famers ever.

  6. LestersLegends
    December 29th, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    I didn’t get the chance to see him play, but looking at the numbers it appears he shouldn’t be in. Thanks for adding your take.

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    May 7th, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    [...] George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve Garvey Lefty [...]

  8. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    [...] George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve Garvey Lefty [...]

  9. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    [...] George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve Garvey Lefty [...]

  10. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    [...] George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley Steve Finley Nellie Fox* John Franco Gary Gaetti Steve Garvey Lefty [...]

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