Cooperstown Chronicles – Wes Ferrell

Oct 19, 2008


Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

The Veterans Committee is going to vote on twenty players for induction into the Hall of Fame.  There are ten players pre-1943 and ten post-1943.  Today I profile Wes Ferrell from that group.


Wes with Hall of Fame brother Rick

Numbers
Played 1927-1941 (15 seasons)
374 Games
323 Starts
2623 Innings
193 Wins – 128 Losses
.601 Winning Percentage
4.04 ERA (4.70 League Average)
1.481 WHIP
985 Ks
227 Complete Games
17 Shutouts
13 Saves
No-Hitter

Six 20+ Win Seasons
Zero sub 3.00 ERA Seasons
Zero 200 K Seasons

Playoffs: 

Awards
2 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 4 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – 7 Times (Led league in 1935)
Winning % – 7 Times
ERA – 7 Times
WHIP – Once
Games – Twice
Starts – 6 Times (Led league in 1935 & 1936)
Innings – 6 Times (Led league in 1935, 1936 & 1937)
Strikeouts – 7 Times
Complete Games – 9 Times (Led league in 1931, 1935, 1936 & 1937)
Shutouts – 6 Times
Saves – 3 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Pitching – 25 (66) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 170 (69) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Batting – 11.0 (1492) Pitching – 22.0 (247) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 75.0 (151) (Likely HOFer > 100)

His yardsticks fall short, and for good reason in my opinion.  He strung together some good, not great years.  Sure, he won a bunch of games (161-94) between 1929 & 1936, but his ERA never dipped below 3.00.  Granted the ERA’s of his era were high, but his adjusted ERA is tied for 167th all-time.  That’s not cutting it in my book for a Pitcher without 200 Wins and without any postseason accolades.  He is the all-time leading HR hitter as a Pitcher with 37, but even that doesn’t sway me.  Sorry Wes.  There are plenty of Pitchers that would need to get in before your card got called.

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen


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Dick Allen
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Earl Averill*
Harold Baines

Dan Bancroft*
Jake Beckley*

Albert Belle
Jim Bottomley*
Pete Browning

Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Earle Combs*
Dave Concepcion
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Roger Connor*
Larry Corcoran

Mike Cuellar
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George Davis*
Andre Dawson
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Bobby Doerr*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Chuck Finley
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Nellie Fox*
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Bill Mazeroski*
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Johnny Mize*
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Wes Parker
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Pee Wee Reese*
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Brooks Robinson*
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Amos Rusie*
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Lee Smith
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Harry Stovey
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Luís Tiant
Joe Torre
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Mo Vaughn
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Frank Viola
Mickey Welch*
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Ross Youngs*
Veterans Committee Ballot
 

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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  1. Hillary Martin
    October 19th, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    Good read, thanks for the information, it was really informative.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 20th, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    Thanks.

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