As a youngster, Ferrara appeared as a solo pianist at Carnegie Hall. Because of his
muscular frame, a teammate once quipped, "He says he was a piano player, but more
than likely he was a piano mover." Generally a fourth outfielder, with the Dodgers
in a 1965 game against the Cubs, Ferrara broke up a Dick Ellsworth no-hitter with
an eighth-inning, three-run pinch-homer. In 1967 he was Dodger of the Year, batting
.277 with 16 homers.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 15, 1965:
Cubs P Dick Ellsworth throws a one-hitter at the Dodgers, but unfortunately the lone hit is a three-run pinch home run by Al Ferrara in the 8th inning that gives Los Angeles a 3–1 win.
»May 31, 1969: The Expos collect just five hits off San Diego's Joe Niekro, losing 6–2, for their 15th straight loss. Al Ferrara leads the Padres with a pair of two run homers, while Coco Laboy homers in the 7th for the Expos' only runs.
»May 13, 1971: The Reds swap OF Angel Bravo to the Padres for OF Al Ferrara, who (as noted by Reds historians Greg Rhodes and John Snyder) once played solo piano at Carnegie Hall at age 12. After Ferrara hits .182 for the season, he'll pose the question: "what did you expect for Angel Bravo -- Willie Mays?"