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Wes Ferrell from the Chronology
Aug 13, 1946 - Boston's Dave Ferriss wins his 8th straight for his 20th win defeating the Athletics 7-5. Ferriss is the first pitcher to win 20 games in his first two seasons since Wes Ferrell in 1929-30.
Jul 29, 1946 - After failing as a pinch hitter in the opening 2-1 loss to Walt Masterson Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon hits his first home run off Washington's Early Wynn a future teammate in an 8-4 nitecap loss. Lemon will hit another 36 to finish one behind former Indian Wes Ferrell on the homer list for pitchers.
Sep 27, 1945 - At Yankee Stadium the 4th place Yankees whip the Athletics 8-1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3) who returned to the team in July helps his cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of his career: at this point only Wes Ferrell (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season.
Apr 21, 1941 - 33-year-old vet Wes Ferrell beats the Phillies 8-1 in a complete game win for the Braves. He also has an RBI single but it is his last ML win. He'll be released May 8 but end up managing in the minors and winning two batting titles (the Virginia L in 1942 when his 31 HRs will lead the league: the Western Carolina L in 1948). His lifetime minor league average will end up at .349.
Jul 26, 1940 - New York P Spud Chandler beats the White Sox with his bat knocking in 6 runs with a single and 2 HRs one a grand slam off Pete Appleton. The 6 RBI by a pitcher ties the ML record held by Appleton George Uhle and Wes Ferrell. Joe Gordon also hits a homer his 7th in 8 games. Tonight's game was the last night game for New York this year: their record after dark is 3-2.
May 28, 1939 - Robert Joyce who gave up two HRs to New York's George Selkirk yesterday relieves for the A's. Selkirk hits two more HRs off Joyce giving him 4 HRs in 4 at bats against the same pitcher in two successive games. Yankees win 9-5. The Yanks release vet Wes Ferrell who never came back after arm surgery over the winter. Ferrell will appear with the Dodgers in '40 and the Braves in 1941.
Aug 12, 1938 - The Senators release Wes Ferrell who despite struggling with shoulder problems leads the Nats staff with a 13-8 record. Clark Griffith who has had differences with Ferrell over money says Wes wasn't helping the club. The Yankees will sign him in 2 days.
Jul 3, 1938 - The Yankees pound out four homers-three off loser Wes Ferrell-to whip the Senators 12-2 for their 7th straight win. Joe DiMaggio leads the attack with a triple two singles and a homer to drive in 4 runs. New York now trails the Indians by two games.
Jun 12, 1938 - The Senators jump in front of the Tigers 11-1 a seemingly insurmountable lead with Wes Ferrell in the mound. But after a long rain delay Gehringer leads off the 6th with a HR for the Tigers and they knock out Ferrell enroute to an 18-12 win.
Jun 3, 1938 - Washington's Rick and Wes Ferrell each double in runs as Wes beats the White Sox 5-1. Simmons adds a double and HR for the Nats.
Jul 24, 1937 - The Senators sweep a pair from the Browns winning each by 6-5 score. Pinch hitter Wes Ferrell drives in the winning run in both games hitting a sac fly in game 1 and a single in game 2.
Jun 30, 1937 - Wes Ferrell and the Senators top the Red Sox and Bobo Newsom 6-4. In the first meeting since the two righties swapped uniforms three weeks ago Ferrell drives in the tying and winning runs in the 8th with the bases loaded. Jimmy Foxx has a homer for Boston while Cecil Travis has a single and a pair of triples for the Nats. A Washington crowd of 22000 is on hand for the prearranged match between the 2 pitchers.
Jun 1, 1937 - Before 1500 at Chicago White Sox P Bill Dietrich pitches an 8-0 no-hitter against the Browns. It is the 3rd no-hitter Luke Sewell has caught having previously been behind the plate for Wes Ferrell in 1931 and Vern Kennedy in 1935. Dietrich in his last outing 2 days ago against the Indians gave up 10 runs in less than 4 innings.
May 30, 1937 - At Boston Senators pitcher Pete Appleton pitches and bats his way to an 11-4 win over the Sox. Appleton drives in 6 runs hitting a single and triple with the sacks full in the 2nd and 3rd and going 4-for-5 to beat Fritz Ostermueller. Appleton's RBI mark ties the ML record for pitchers that Vic Raschi will top (7-August 4 1953). Wes Ferrell did it last year.
May 22, 1937 - Facing Wes Ferrell in Boston Hank Greenberg hits a long centerfield home run out of Fenway Park. It exits to the right of the flag pole and is called the longest HR ever hit at Fenway. Gee Walker has 3 hits to run his hit streak to 26 straight games but the Red Sox counter with 14 hits of their own to win 11-9. Walker's streak will end on the 24th after 27 games.
May 13, 1937 - Detroit's George Gill makes his first ML start and shuts out the Red Sox 4-0. Gill allows five hits three by Joe Cronin as Detroit replaces the Red Sox in 3rd place. Wes Ferrell allows just five hits including a double and homer by Charlie Gehringer.
Apr 30, 1937 - Duke All-American football star Ace Parker pinch-hits a HR in his first ML at bat for the Athletics connecting off Boston's Wes Ferrell in a 15-5 loss.. This is the 1st time an AL player has pinch homered in his debut at bat. Parker will have just one more HR on his way to a .117 average this year but will do better on the gridiron. He will score 2 TDs for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Pittsburgh on November 21st and will eventually be elected to the Football Hall of Fame. He thereby joins Hoyt Wilhelm and Earl Averill as one of just 3 Hall of Famers to hit a HR in their first at-bat.
Sep 19, 1936 - At Philadelphia Red Sox ace Wes Ferrell stops the A's 5-1 for his 20th win. It's the 6th time that Ferrell has won 20 games in a year the only major leaguer to do that and not make the Hall of Fame.
Sep 6, 1936 - At Fenway, the Yankees drop a pair to the Red Sox, 145, and 42. In the opener, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmy Foxxs 37th homer starts the scoring. Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeris homer in game two deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout.
Aug 21, 1936 - Wes Ferrell in a tantrum for what he considers shabby support walks off the mound during a Yankee rally in New York and is suspended and fined $1000 by Boston manager Joe Cronin. It is the second time in 5 days he has walked off the mound having done it in Boston last Sunday in a game against the Senators. Ferrell furious when he hears about the fine and says he will not pay it. "They can suspend me or trade me but they're not getting any dough from me." The Red Sox lift the suspension in 4 days but will trade Ferrell after the season. The Yanks win 4-1 handing Ferrell his 14th loss of the year.
Aug 12, 1936 - In game 1 Boston pitcher Wes Ferrell shows his hitting skills hits two homers off A's veteran Hod Lisenbee. Ferrell collects all six RBIs in picking up the win 6-4. Ferrell's first homer comes in the 3rd with his brother Rick on base and he homers again in the 4th inning with the sacks full. The 6 RBIs ties a ML record for pitchers. The ace allows 9 hits while striking out 8. The A's square accounts by taking the nitecap 6-0 behind Harry Kelley's 3-hitter.
Aug 2, 1936 - After losing the opener 9-1 at Comiskey Park the Red Sox lead 10-1 after 4 1/2 innings of game 2 only to see Chicago roar back to win 12-11 in 12 innings. This is the biggest blown lead on the road in Red Sox history. Boston chases Vern Kennedy and his 10-game win streak in the nitecap but starter Wes Ferrell gives up 5 runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to tie. Jack Russell and Ostermueller are the losing pitchers with Clint Brown and Chelini winning.
Jul 26, 1936 - The Tigers strand 14 runners and lose to Boston and Wes Ferrell 10-3. The Tigers have 13 hits including Goose Goslin with 3-for-3. Jimmy Foxx hits his 28th homer of the year in Boston's 5-run 8th then hits another in the 9th to pin the loss on Eldon Auker.
Jul 17, 1936 - The LA Times reports that starting pitchers are completing games just half the time: in 1312 contests just 541 have finished. 302 CG in the AL and 239 in the NL. Wes Ferrell leads with 15 CG.
Oct 20, 1935 - By an unanimous vote Detroit 1B Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BBWAA; Wes Ferrell is runner-up.
Sep 22, 1935 - At Fenway a record crowd of 47627-with 10000 turned away-watch the Yankees sweep the Red Sox 6-4 and 9-0. New York stops Wes Ferrell's bid for his 25th win in game one and Walter Brown the hurling mammoth gives up just 4 hits in the nitecap. In game 2 the Yanks have 7 ground rule doubles into the roped-off crowd. The Sunday Law stops the game after 8 innings.
Sep 5, 1935 - Trailing the St. Louis Browns 5-1 Lefty Grove is lifted for pinch-hitter Wes Ferrell who hits an RBI single as Red Sox score six runs in the 6th inning enroute to 9-5 win. Grove is winning pitcher.
Aug 3, 1935 - At Boston Lefty Grove trails the A's 3-1 going into the bottom of the 8th when Wes Ferrell again delivers hitting a clutch pinch-hit RBI single as Boston scores two to tie. Grove allows a run in the top of the 11th but Boston scored two in the bottom of the frame to give Grove the 5-4 win.
Jul 31, 1935 - Two AL pitchers each hit two HRs in a game. For the 3rd time in his career Wes Ferrell clouts a couple against Buck Newsom of the Senators and knocks in 4 runs in a 6-4 win for Boston. Mel Harder hits 2 for Cleveland but loses 6-4 to the White Sox. No other hurlers will hit 2 HRs this season. Ferrell will end the year with 52 hits tying George Uhle's record for a pitcher and he will knock in 32 runs to set a ML record. His 38 lifetime homers will set a ML record.
Jul 21, 1935 - The Tigers finally get to Lefty Grove scoring a run in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to take a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the 9th while Grove is tearing up the clubhouse pitcher Wes Ferrell pinch hits for Lefty and hits a home run with 2 outs and 2 men on to give Boston a 7-6 win. Grove has now won 6 straight.
Jul 1, 1935 - At Fenway the Red Sox defeat the Senators 8-3 behind Wes Ferrell's 3-hitter. In the first inning Bill Werber collides with a photographer while going after a foul ball and the ball drops untouched. (as noted by Dick Thompson) The photographer was standing ten feet in (in foul territory) from the wall/fence separating the playing field from the stands and was changing bulbs in his camera. He was not watching the action. The umpires decide not to call interference. The sequence of play though leads to run that would not have been scored had Werber fielded the ball. The game account states this was a rare and unusual event.
Jun 23, 1935 - At Chicago the White and Red Sox divide a pair the Pale Hose winning the opener 4-2 then losing 8-2. Ted Lyons takes the opener beating Wes Ferrell then Boston hands Johnny Whitehead his fifth straight defeat. Whitehead had started his major league career with 8 straight wins.
Apr 16, 1935 - The Yankees open at the Stadium losing 1-0 to the Red Sox. New York makes just two hits off winning pitcher Wes Ferrell but also make two throwing errors in the 6th inning one by pitcher Lefty Gomez to allow Bill Werber to score the game's only run.
Sep 18, 1934 - At St. Louis Buck Newsom of the Browns continues the unusual losing a no-hitter with 2 out in the 10th inning. Two walks and a single by Roy Johnson produce the game's only earned runs as Boston wins 2-1. Bosox starter Wes Ferrell strikes out with the bases full in the 2nd inning and protests the call so vehemently umpire Kolls tosses him. Catcher Rick Ferrell continues the protesting and he too follows his brother out of the game. The unrelated relief battery of P Rube Walberg and C Gordie Hinkle then finishes for Boston.
Sep 3, 1934 - Washington's player-manager Joe Cronin collides with Boston's Wes Ferrell in a play at 1B. Cronin fractures a bone in his arm and is out for the season. The Senators last year's champs will finish 7th.
Aug 22, 1934 - P Wes Ferrell hits an 8th inning HR to tie the game and a 2-out game-ending homer in the 10th for 3-2 Red Sox win over the White Sox. It is the 2nd time this season he has a pair of HRs-he did it on July 13th-and he will hit 2 HRs in a game again next year.
Aug 12, 1934 - Making a farewell appearance in Boston Babe Ruth draws a record 46766 fans with an estimated 20000 turned away at Fenway Park where he began his career as a pitcher 20 years ago. Ruth singles and doubles in the first game but the Yankees lose to Wes Ferrell 6-4. Walks hold him to one official at bat in the 2nd game which the Yankees win 7-1 and he leaves the field to standing cheers in the 8th inning.
Aug 11, 1934 - At Boston Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning 2-1. The Sox tie it up and in the 13th Tony Lazzeri lands a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell batting for Fritz Ostermueller wins the game for Boston 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland New York falls 4 games behind.
Jul 13, 1934 - Boston's Wes Ferrell is the whole show blanking the Browns till the 9th and winning 7-3. Ferrell hits a pair of homers good for 4 runs.
Jul 6, 1934 - The Red Sox triple the A's winning 18-6. The Sox have 20 hits 3 by winning pitcher Wes Ferrell who adds a stolen base. Billy Werber scores 5 runs.
May 25, 1934 - The Red Sox get Wes Ferrell who was suspended by the Indians for $25000 and pitcher Bob Weiland and Bob Seeds. Dick Porter also goes to the Sox in the deal. Porter had no homers last year but hit one in his first at bat this season.
Apr 27, 1934 - Wes Ferrell is suspended by Cleveland for failing to report 10 days after the season has started.
Sep 23, 1932 - Trailing 8-6 to Cleveland after 5 innings White Sox reliever Bill Chamberlain gives up 5 runs to start the 6th. In disgust Sox manager Lou Fonseca an infielder-outfielder throughout his career inserts himself as pitcher. With 2 runners on he retires all 3 batters he faces then turns the ball over to Chad Kimsey to finish the game. The Tribe wins 13-6 as Wes Ferrell wins his 23rd.
Aug 21, 1932 - Cleveland's Wes Ferrell becomes the first 20th-century pitcher to win 20 or more games in each of his first 4 seasons beating Washington 11-5.
Jul 15, 1932 - The Yankees Lefty Gomez beats the Indians. 8-5 for his 15th win. The weak-hitting Gomez has 2 hits to knock in 2 runs and New York knocks out Wes Ferrell in the 4th inning. Ferrell suffering from his 20+ innings of work in 3 days relates to Don Honig years later: "Now that was a little relief stint those 11 innings. A few days later I'm taking my regular turn against the Yankees in New York. I got out there and I just don't have anything on the ball. They beat me. I'm sitting in the clubhouse after the game and Peckinpaugh comes over and says 'Hey why don't you bear down out there?' 'What the hell are you talking about? I said. I was steaming. I've been winning 20 games every year for you and pitching out of turn whenever you needed me and you ask me why I wasn't bearing down? I always bear down. I just didn't have anything to bear down with today.'" Ferrell's relationship with Peckinpaugh will go downhill after that and result in Ferrell's suspension.
Jul 10, 1932 - An extraordinary 18-inning game is finally won by the Athletics at Cleveland 18-17. To save train fare for the single-date appearance Connie Mack takes along just 2 pitchers. Lew Krausse Sr. the A's starting pitcher gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and his replacement Eddie Rommel then pitches 17 innings in relief giving up a record 29 hits. Amazingly he wins. Cleveland has the game apparently won in the 9th inning but with two outs and leading 14-13 first sacker Ed Morgan allows a ground ball by Dykes to roll through his legs. A walk to Simmons and a single by Jimmie Foxx one of his 6 hits in the game ties the score. Cleveland's Johnny Burnett sets a ML record by collecting 9 hits in 11 at bats while Foxx bangs HRs 31 32 and 33. Double X totals 16 bases in the game the 3rd AL player to do it and drives in 8 runs including the winner. Wes Ferrell (16-6) is the hard luck loser pitching 11+ innings of relief two days after pitching a complete-game win over Washington. Cleveland sets an AL record for stranded runners with 24.
Jul 8, 1932 - Cleveland's Wes Ferrell beats the Senators 6-5 to run his record to 16-5. Ferrell has completed 18 of 20 starts.
May 5, 1932 - Jimmie Foxx has a homer 2 singles and scores 5 times as the A's beat Cleveland and Wes Ferrell 15-3. Lefty Grove holds Cleveland scoreless till the 7th when Willie Kamm hits a 2-run HR. The Mackmen retaliate with 7 runs in the frame.
Jul 29, 1931 - Cleveland's Wes Ferrell shuts out Washington 6-0 scattering 10 hits as the Senators leave a record tying 15 runners on base. It's only been done once before on May 22 1913 but it will eventually be matched and in 1994 finally topped.
Jul 17, 1931 - The Indians Wes Ferrell allows 3 hits including a homer by Babe Ruth in subduing the Yankees 2-1 in 8 innings. Rain shortens the game. Ferrell nullifies the Babe's blast with a 7th inning HR off Pennock to win the game.
Apr 29, 1931 - Wes Ferrell pitches the AL's first no-hitter in 5 years a 9-0 win for Cleveland against the St. Louis Browns. His brother Rick almost gets a hit for the Browns when he beats out a grounder that is ruled an error. Ferrell strikes out 8 and bats in 4 runs with a HR off Sam Gray and a double.
Sep 6, 1930 - In the first game of a doubleheader Ted Lyons of Chicago beats Wes Ferrell of Cleveland 2-1 ending Ferrell's winning streak at 13. It's Ferrell's first defeat since losing to Detroit on July 4 by a run. Lyons drives in the winning run with a triple to win his 20th on the year. Cleveland wins the nitecap 4-2. Only 2 bases on balls are issued in the doubleheader.
Sep 1, 1930 - In the 2nd of two games Cleveland's Wes Ferrell tops the Browns 9-5 for his 13th straight win. The Indians take the opener as well winning 13-8 as pitcher Willis Hudlin helps with a grand slam off the Brownies' Dick Porter.
Aug 14, 1930 - Wes Ferrell of Cleveland breezes to a 15-0 win over the league-leading A's for his 20th win.
Jun 18, 1930 - The Athletics beat Wes Ferrell and the Indians 72 with 3 consecutive HRs in the 5th from Al Simmons Jimmie Foxx and Bing Miller. The three in a row sets a ML record, since topped, and with a chance to hit a 4th in a row, Joe Boley bunts for a safety. Enter a new pitcher and exit Ferrell, who throws his mitt into the stands.
May 26, 1930 - The Indians take a pair from the White Sox winning 7-3 and 3-2 behind Wes Ferrell and Clint Brown. Ferrell's mound opponent Red Faber holds the Tribe hitless until 2 are out in the 5th when 8 straight hits drive him from the mound. In the nitecap White Sox lefty Pat Caraway twice throws third-strike seeds past Joe Sewell an occurrence that Joe later blames on the white shirts in the CF bleachers. It is the last time the Indians 3B will fan this season and he will end the year by striking out only 3 times in 353 at bats. Once before on May 13 1923 Sewell was fanned twice in a game.
Sep 20, 1929 - Cleveland's Joe Sewell finally strikes out as Boston's Danny MacFaydan K's him in the 6th of a 6-4 Indian victory. Sewell had not struck out since the Browns George Blaeholder whiffed him in the 3rd inning on May 20-a stretch of 115 games and 442 at bats. The Sox leave 12 on base and are stopped by reliever Wes Ferrell in the 8th.
Jul 23, 1929 - The Athletics split with the visiting Indians winning 4-1 before losing 9-3. Rube Walberg wins his 13th in the opener beating Willis Hudlin. Mickey Cochrane (#22) and Al Simmons bang homers. In the nitecap Wes Ferrell in the winner over ancient Jack Quinn. The high point for the A's comes when Jimmy Foxx clouts a drive over the double-deck roof in LF one of the longest homers hit at Shibe Park.
Jul 21, 1929 - Wes Ferrell outpitches Waite Hoyt to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth still nursing a leg injury contributes a pinch single. Gehrig is tossed in the 4th inning for protesting a strike 3 call and Miller Huggins quickly follows.
Jul 10, 1929 - Cleveland pitcher Wes Ferrell hits the first of his ML 38 home runs the top mark for pitchers. Washington's Bump Hadley serves up today's gopher. Bibb Falk adds a homer as the Indians and Ferrell win 9-7.
Jun 10, 1890 - St. Louis AA P Jack Stivetts hits 2 HRs (and strikes out 10) the 2nd a grand slam in the top of the 9th off Fred Smith with his team down by 3 runs to win 9-8 over visiting Toledo. He later duplicates this batting feat on August 6 1891 and on June 12 1896 making him the first pitcher to achieve this. The only 2 pitchers to match this achievement are Wes Ferrell (who had 5 such games) and Don Newcombe.