Wes Ferrell

Wes Ferrell
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.

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The Ferrell family produced three professional baseball players

The Ferrell family produced three professional baseball players

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
Wes Ferrell averaged 20 wins per season from 1929-1936

Wes Ferrell averaged 20 wins per season from 1929-1936

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
Ferrell's candidacy for Cooperstown has many supporters

Ferrell's candidacy for Cooperstown has many supporters

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
Ferrell's 1935 season with the Red Sox produced a 10.6 WAR

Ferrell's 1935 season with the Red Sox produced a 10.6 WAR

Wes Ferrell had one of the greatest seasons you’ve never heard of. In 1935 Ferrell won 25 games and pitched a whopping 322 1/3 innings. He made 38 starts and completed 31 of them. When he didn’t figure in the decision, his Boston Red Sox won just 53 contests. At bat, he w

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