Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell named to Pre-Integration Era Ballot for National Baseball Hall of Fame Consideration
Will another member of the Tribe join the likes of Feller, Boudreau, Joss, and Lajoie in Cooperstown next year? We will know when the Pre-Integration Era votes are cast on December 7th. Representing the Indians on the ballot is Wesley (Wes) Ferrell. A standout ballplayer who pitched for the Tribe from 1927-1933, Ferrell compiled a record of 102-62 with a 3.67 ERA. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to win 20 or more games in each of his first four full seasons.
Wes pitched the 5th no-hitter in Indians history on April 29, 1931 when the Tribe downed the St. Louis Browns 9-0. During the game, Wes doubled and hit a home run. Catching for the Browns that day was his brother, and future Hall of Famer, Rick Ferrell.
Not only was Wes a great pitcher, he was also an outstanding hitter. He holds the MLB record for most home runs by a pitcher (37—38 career home runs as one was hit while pinch hitting). (Tribe HOFer Bob Lemon is second on the list with 37 home runs.) In Ferrell’s 9 home runs in 1931 is still a single season record for home runs by a pitcher. 1,345 plate appearances, Ferrell hit 57 doubles, 12 triples, and was a career average of 2.80.
Farrell played for several teams after he left Cleveland including the Red Sox, Senators and Yankees. In 2009, he was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.
— TribeVibe contributor Jeremy Feador