All-Time Indians: Wes Ferrell

Name: Wesley Cheek Ferrell     Position: Starting Pitcher        
Tribe Time: 1927-1933         Number: 14            
Accolades: All-Star (1933), Top 20 MVP (1931,1932) DOB: 02/02/1908            
Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP K/9 BAA
Best Season (1930) 25 13 0.658 3.31 43 35 25 1 3 296.0 299 141 109 14 106 143 1.37 4.3 0.252
Career 102 62 0.622 3.67 195 157 113 8 12 1,321.1 1,373 644 539 55 526 516 1.44 3.5 0.257

From 1929 to 1932, Wes Ferrell was the Indians best pitcher. As the ace, he pitched in over 40 games and won more than twenty each year during that four year span. His 25 wins in 1930 (his career high) remain in the top ten best of all Indians pitchers in a single season. Ferrell filled the talent gap between the time Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski left the team in 1924 and Mel Harder became the ace in 1933. Even though his best statistical year was 1930 (at least as far as ERA, wins and strikeouts go), Ferrell didn't start to receive accolades until a few seasons later, when he was voted 11th in the AL MVP vote in 1931 and 19th in 1932. He made his first All-Star game in 1933, during what was his worst, and final, season as a Cleveland Indian. In 1934 Ferrell was traded to the Red Sox, ending his career with the Indians. He went along with Dick Porter in exchange for Bob Seeds and Bob Weiland.

Even though Wes Ferrell's 13 year career wasn't quite good enough to get him into the Hall of Fame, his time with the Tribe was significant enough to garner him a spot in the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. His brother Rick has been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a catcher for the Washington Senators. The two brothers did get to play together for Washington in 1938. Wes Ferrell died in 1976.

Wes Ferrell

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