Richard Benjamin "Rick" Ferrell (October 12, 1905 – July 27, 1995) was an American professional baseball player, coach, scout and executive. He played for 18 seasons as a catcher, in Major League Baseball, from 1929 to 1947 for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators. His brother, Wes Ferrell, was a major league pitcher for 15 seasons, and they were teammates from 1933 to 1937. Following his three seasons in minor league baseball, he appealed to the Commissioner of Baseball to become a free agent, claiming that he was being held in the minors though he deserved promotion. The Commissioner agreed, and he was granted free agency; he signed with the St. Louis Browns.
Ferrell was regarded as one of the best catchers in baseball during the 1930s and early 1940s. He was selected, along with his brother Wes, to play for the American League in the inaugural Major League Baseball All-Star Game held on July 6, 1933. His 1,806 games played as a catcher set an American League longevity record which stood for more than 40 years. An eight-time All-Star, Ferrell was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 by the Veterans Committee. After his playing career, he became a coach with the Senators, and later a scout and general manager with the Detroit Tigers. He died in July 1995.
By Dean Hanley
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