Ruffing, Red

Charles Herbert Ruffing
Born: May 3, 1904, Granville, Illinois
Died: February 17, 1986, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Played For: 
Boston Red Sox (1924-1930), New York Yankees (1930-1942, 1945-1946), Chicago White Sox (1947)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1967

Red Ruffing overcame adversity to achieve pitching stardom. As a youngster, he lost four toes on his left foot in a mine accident, which hastened a transition from the outfield to the mound. After suffering through a 39-96 mark with the Red Sox, his career blossomed when he was traded to the Yankees in 1930. An instrumental part of seven pennant winners, Ruffing won seven of nine World Series decisions. His 273 career victories include a four-year stretch (1936-39) when he won at least 20 games per season.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Red Ruffing led the 1935 Yankees in both wins (16) and batting average (.330), outpacing future Hall of Fame hitting greats Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey and Earle Combs?
I'm a fellow who lasted a long while in the majors because of one pitch - the screw ball. But it's such a tough pitch to throw I'm not advising youngsters to try it.