This Day in Baseball History: August 21st, 1932

Mike Hampton?

On August 21, 1932:

Wes Ferrell wins his 20th game of the season.

After only receiving brief bits of playing time in 1927 and 1928 as a 19 and 20-year old, Wes Ferrell finally got his chance in 1929. He made it count by going 21-10 with a 3.60 ERA even though he actually walked more people than he struck out (.92 K/BB). Ferrell followed that up with an even better 1930 season in which he won a career-high 25 games alongside a 3.31 ERA and bringing that K/BB ratio up to 1.35. A season later, he took a step back as his ERA went up a half point and his K/BB ratio went below 1 again (.95), but he was still able to win 22 games and lead the league with 27 complete games. Added in was a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns.

In 1932, Ferrell accomplished something that no other pitcher had or has done in the 20th or 21st century. He won 20+ games for the 4th consecutive season to begin his career, and he won his 20th on today’s date. He wound up winning 23 games, and he barely had more strikeouts than walks (105 to 104). Unfortunately, Ferrell’s season became about more than his win totals. The 24-year old had a short temper, and he was fined and suspended a few times for refusing to leave a game and leaving a game before the manager took him out. After a particularly bad performance, he punched himself so hard in the jaw that he nearly broke it and knocked himself out.

His career would begin to wind down after all that. Ferrell suffered a shoulder injury the following season, and he fell to 11-12. He picked things up again in 1935 and 1936 by winning 25 and 20 games, respectively, but those were his last hurrah. He wouldn’t pitch well after that, and he was out of the game by age 33 with 193 wins. Even though he was a very good pitcher, he may have been known as much for his bat. He hit .280/.351/.446 (100 OPS+) for his career, and he set the single-season (9) and career (38) records for home runs by a pitcher.

Trivia Time
Wes Ferrell is related to what Hall of Famer, and what is their relationship?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Youngest to ever steal home.


One Response to “This Day in Baseball History: August 21st, 1932”

  1. Ian Says:

    Wes Ferrell was Rick Ferrell's brother, if I'm not mistaken.

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