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Tom Ferrick
Pitcher
Born: January 6, 1915(1915-01-06)
New York, New York
Died: October 15, 1996 (aged 81)
Lima, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 19, 1941 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1952 for the Washington Senators
Career statistics
Pitching record     40-40
ERA     3.47
Strikeouts     245
Saves     56
Teams

Thomas Jerome Ferrick (January 6, 1915 — October 15, 1996) was a pitcher, pitching coach and scout in American Major League Baseball. Born in New York, New York, he stood 6'2½" (189 cm) tall and weighed 220 pounds (100 kg) in his playing days. He batted and threw right-handed.

Ferrick spent four years in a New York seminary studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, before signing his first professional contract with the New York Giants, who released him after three minor league seasons.

Primarily a relief pitcher, Ferrick eventually reached the major leagues at the age of 26. He pitched for five American League clubs, the Philadelphia Athletics (1941), Cleveland Indians (1942; 1946), St. Louis Browns (1946; 1949-50), Washington Senators (1947-48; 1951-52), and New York Yankees (1950-51). He appeared in 674 innings over 323 games, splitting 80 decisions with an earned run average of 3.47 and 56 saves. As a Yankee, he was credited with the win in Game 3 of the 1950 World Series. Called into action in the top of the ninth inning of a 2-2 tie, Ferrick shut down the Philadelphia Phillies, then was awarded the victory when Jerry Coleman's hit won the contest in the bottom of the frame.

After his playing career ended, Ferrick was the pitching coach of the Cincinnati Redlegs, Phillies, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Athletics during the period of 1954-65. He later scouted for the A's and the Kansas City Royals.

Tom Ferrick died from heart failure at age 81 in Lima, Pennsylvania. His son, Tom Jr., is a former newspaper columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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References

  • Spink, C.C. Johnson, editor, The Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1965.
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