This Day in Baseball History: May 19th, 1933

The brothers Ferrell (Rick on the left with Wes on the right).

On May 19, 1933:

Wes and Rick Ferrell go yard.

Yep, you guessed it. These two are brothers. Richard Benjamin Ferrell was born on October 12, 1905, and Wesley Cheek Ferrell was born on February 2, 1908. Besides these two brothers, they had another brother, George, who spent 20 years in the minor leagues. Rick was a catcher while his brother Wes was a pitcher. Wes, however, was the first to break into the big leagues at the age of 19 in 1927, but he only pitched sparingly the first two seasons. Rick would break into the majors in 1929, but he wouldn’t really be a regular for a couple more seasons.

Rick began his career as a St. Louis Brown, but after several seasons of playing well behind the plate, Tom Yawkey, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, traded for the young backstop in 1933. A year later, the Red Sox acquired Wes who already had 4 20+ win seasons under his belt but was coming off a down year. The two brothers both played very well with Boston, but Wes would seem to have the better Boston stop as he had 2 more 20+ win seasons. In the middle of the 1937 season, the two would be traded in the same deal to Washington.

Though Rick would be the one elected to the Hall of Fame (in 1984 as a Veterans Committee selection), Wes may have been the better hitter. Well, at least, he had more power. In 6028 career at-bats, Rick hit 28 home runs. In 1176 at-bats, Wes hit 38 home runs (1 as an outfielder). In fact, Wes holds the major-league record for most home runs in a season (9 in 1931) and a career (37). But on one day, the two would be on equal footing as they both hit home runs in the same game on this day in 1933.

Several things make this fascinating and improbable. First, Rick just didn’t hit a lot of home runs. Second, Wes had to be pitching. Third, they weren’t even on the same team in the game. It wouldn’t be for another season that the two would be on the Red Sox together. Fourth, Rick hit the home run off of his brother. And a couple innings later, Wes would hit one with his brother behind the plate. I smell conspiracy!

Not to be forgotten, this was the first time in major-league history that brothers hit home runs in the same game. The LaRoches, who have not done it, could do some serious damage if Andy would start hitting. Then again, Adam is off to his customary slow start.

Trivia Time
Who is second on the career home run list for pitchers?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Josh nailed it. Bob Meusel, of course.

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2 Responses to “This Day in Baseball History: May 19th, 1933”

  1. Ian Says:

    If I’m not mistaken, didn’t Joe Niekro hit his only career homer off his brother?

    I’m going to guess Warren Spahn for the trivia question.

  2. Ron Rollins Says:

    I was going to say Spahn also.

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