Dave Ferriss

Just out of the military, in 1945 Ferriss was the sensation of the American League. The 6’2″ 208-lb rookie went 21-10 and defeated all seven opponent clubs the first time he faced them. Supported by a powerful Red Sox lineup, he went 25-6, for a league-high .806 winning percentage, on the way to the 1946 pennant, and shut out St. Louis in World Series Game Three. A .250 lifetime hitter, he had 19 RBI in both 1945 and 1947, and was used 41 times as a lefthanded pinch hitter. Ferriss’s career was cut short by asthma and arm trouble. He served as a coach for the Red Sox and at Delta State in Mississippi.