Ferrell remembered for pitching, hitting skill
A durable right-hander, Ferrell had eight seasons of 200-plus innings, topping the 300 plateau twice and leading the league three times.
Ferrell also had six seasons of 20 or more wins including each of his first four full seasons, the only 20th Century pitcher to accomplish the feat. He led his teams in wins seven times and averaged 19 wins per season over 10 full seasons in the majors.
In 1936, Ferrell won 20 games for a ’36 Red Sox team that won only 74 times on the year.
As a hitter, Ferrell batted .280 lifetime and set pitcher records for home runs in a season (9) and a career (38). Ferrell collected 329 hits, 57 doubles, 13 triples, 208 RBI, 175 runs and a .446 slugging percentage. He even drew in 129 walks, resulting in a .351 career on-base percentage.
Ferrell passed away on Dec. 9, 1976.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum