Wes Ferrell

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Birthdate 02/02/1908
Death Date 12/09/1976
Debut Year 1927
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, Senators, Yankees
Position Pitcher

A six-time 20-game winner, Wes Ferrell hit a Major League record 37 homers as a pitcher. His brother Rick Ferrell is in the Hall of Fame.

In the collection:

Heilbronner Baseball Bureau information card filled out and signed by Wes Ferrell from 1927, his MLB debut year

Heilbronner Baseball Bureau information card filled out and signed by Wes Ferrell from 1927, his MLB debut year

Wes Ferrell began his big league career in 1927, the same year this card was signed. Such signatures from this early in his career are exceedingly difficult to find. A six-time 20-game winner, Ferrell twice posted 25 wins in a season. At bat Ferrell was a menace, hitting 38 homers – the Major
Reverse of Heilbroner Baseball Bureau card with a listing of teams Wes Ferrell played for from 1926 and 1928

Reverse of Heilbroner Baseball Bureau card with a listing of teams Wes Ferrell played for from 1926 and 1928

The back of the Heilbroner card shows a brief listing of team for which Wes Ferrell played. The first team listed atop the card is Oak Ridge Military School in North Carolina. The year listed is 1926 when Ferrell was just 18 years old. The front of the card was signed in 1927. Still a teenager at th
Warren Giles letter re: Ferrell's HoF case

Warren Giles letter re: Ferrell's HoF case

A strong Hall of Fame case can be made for Wes Ferrell. The six twenty-win seasons were complimented by an appearance in the sport’s first All Star game in 1933. In the collection is National League president Warren Giles’ response to a fan about Ferrell’s Cooperstown candidacy. A Hall of Famer himself, Giles writes, “Wes has many qualifications and will no doubt be considered with
Wes Ferrell autographed 1962 Fleer card

Wes Ferrell autographed 1962 Fleer card

Wes Ferrell won 193 games over the course of his 15-year career. In the 8-year period from 1929-1936 Ferrell won 20 or more games six times. An outstanding hitter, Ferrell finished with a .280 lifetime average an an MLB record 38 homers as a pitcher. His brother Rick Ferrell was a fine catcher who finished his career at .303 with 931 walks and only 277 strikeouts.
Postcard photo signed by Rick Ferrell

Postcard photo signed by Rick Ferrell

On the Hall of Fame ballot in 2016 via the Veterans Committee, Wes Ferrell again fell short of induction. The 10 candidates on the Pre-Integration Committee ballot were: Doc Adams, Sam Breadon, Bill Dahlen, August (Garry) Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Harry Stovey, Chris von der Ahe, Buc

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