The Ferrell Brothers of Baseball

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About the Book

Here is the baseball history of three brothers. George was the eldest of the trio and the local hero. He played, managed and scouted in professional baseball for 50 years. Rick was the cerebral baseball brother. He devoted 60 years to the game in such capacities as college player, eight-time major league all-star, coach, scout and major league executive. Wes was the natural. He was as talented as anyone who ever set foot on a baseball diamond and as good as any pitcher who ever threw a ball.
This work chronicles the Ferrell family history with a major emphasis on George, Rick, and Wes; all the baseball doings; and includes numerous photographs. An appendix offers a year-by-year statistical look at the baseball careers of all seven Ferrell brothers including date of birth, height, weight, league, team, position, and averages, among other data.

About the Author(s)

Dick Thompson was a SABR member and a registered nurse for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2004, he received SABR’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award, which recognized his outstanding research achievements and service to the society. He lived in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Dick Thompson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 316
Bibliographic Info: 68 photos, tables, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2006-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

1 The Flesh and Blood Frank Merriwell      5

2 Guilford County      17

3 The Free Agent      32

4 1929–The Prodigy      38

5 1930–The Best Pitcher in Baseball      51

6 1931–Baseball’s Greatest Hitting Pitcher      73

7 1932–Peck’s Bad Boy      96

8 1933–First All-Stars      114

9 1934–Brother Battery in Boston      133

10 1935–The Best Player in Baseball      151

11 1936–The Blow-up in Boston      177

12 1937–On to Washington      206

13 1938–On a Wing and a Prayer      227

14 The Knuckleball Catcher      240

15 The Executive      261

Epilogue      273

Appendix      277

Chapter Notes      289

Bibliography      295

Index      299

Book Reviews & Awards

“exceptional…should be in every baseball scholar’s library”—The SABR Bulletin; “well documented…the many photographs…are a highlight of the volume”—North Carolina Libraries; “Dick Thompson hits a home run”—Our State.