Date and Place of Birth: January 6, 1915 New York, New York
Died: October 15, 1996 Lima, Pennsylvania
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
J “Tom” Ferrick was born on January 6, 1915 in
Ferrick was a 20-game winner with
signed by the Philadelphia Athletics as a free agent in 1941 and
made his major league debut on April 19. Appearing in 36 games –
mostly in relief – Ferrick was 8-10 with a 3.77 ERA.
Cleveland Indians selected Ferrick off waivers at the end of the
season and he performed the same role in
entered military service on Christmas Day 1942 and was at Great
Lakes Naval Training Station where he was a Shipfitter, Third-Class
and regularly played baseball. Ferrick was sent to
In 1945, Ferrick, now a Chief Petty Officer, participated in the Navy’s Western Pacific Tour, playing for the 5th Fleet team. Following the tour, Ferrick was assigned to the command under Admiral John H Hoover which was handling ship assignments. Along with Johnny Riggs, he supervised physical exercise for 440 men attached to the command. Ferrick later said, "It was an invigorating experience, and fortunately, we didn't hear any shots fired."
Ferrick was discharged from service on January 15, 1946 and returned to the Indians. He made nine relief appearances before being sold to the St Louis Browns in June. He later played for the Senators and was with the Yankees when his victory in relief in Game 3 of the 1950 World Series against the Phillies marked the highlight of his career.
Ferrick pitched in the majors until 1952 and remained in baseball for many years as a coach and scout.
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