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RICK FERRELL
Born: October 12, 1905 in Durham, North Carolina
Died: July 27, 1995 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Full name Richard Benjamin Ferrell Born October 12, 1905, Durham, North Carolina Died July 27, 1995, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Buried at New Garden Cemetery, Greensboro, North Carolina (Section 1) First Game: April 19, 1929; Final Game: September 14, 1947 Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10" Weight: 160 Brother of Wes FerrellSelected to the Hall of Fame in 1984RICK FERRELL This article was written by Kerrie Ferrell and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell (1905-1995) caught in the American League for eighteen years (1929-45,'47) during two of America's most challenging periods: the Great Depression and World War II. Playing for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, and Washington Senators, his skill as a durable knuckleball catcher with a laser-accurate arm for picking off potential base-stealers was held in high regard. His .378 career on-base percentage is eighth, all-time, among 50 catchers with 3000 at-bats, according to www.sabr.org, and fourth among the thirteen major league Hall of Fame catchers, bested only by Mickey Cochrane (.419), Roger Bresnahan (.386), and Bill Dickey (.382).Richard Benjamin Ferrell was born on Columbus Day, October 12, 1905, in Durham, North Carolina, the fourth of seven sons of parents Rufus and Alice Ferrell. Rufus had enjoyed playing sandlot baseball, passing his passion on to his sons, who grew up playing the game together out on the homemade baseball field at the family's 160-acre dairy farm near Greensboro. Six sons fancied themselves as pitchers, with Rick as the catcher who caught them all by the hour. Primarily self-taught, they played on high school and North Carolina county league teams during their teen years. Rick, Wes, and George ultimately developed lifelong careers as a major-league catcher, pitcher, and minor-league outfielder, respectively.Despite his slender build, at an early age, the quiet, hard-working Rick secretly aspired to become a professional baseball player and devoted all his efforts towards achieving that goal. From 1923-26, the 5'10", 160-pound athlete attended Guilford College, locally, where he lettered in both baseball and basketball and received top coaching. To pay for classes, the muscular Rick boxed in county middleweight boxing matches, winning 18 of 19 bouts he fought.

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