1938: Nats pay Farrell to beat them

Thursday August 18, 1938

Here is my blurb on Wes Farrell from the Franchise 1938:

SP Wes Ferrell 13-8 5.92 ERA 1.75 WHIP -1.9 PW 6 WS 1.3 WARP3
On June 12, Ferrell was spotted an 11-1 lead by his teammates against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers stormed back, scoring 17 runs, most of which came off of Ferrell, on their way to an 18-12 victory. Ferrell’s year long struggles resulted in his release from Washington in August.

Ferrell was released by Washington on August 12. According the the New York Times:

Pitcher Wesley Ferrell, given his unconditional release by the Senators today, said he doesn’t intend to play anymore baseball this season.

“I told him,” said Clark Griffith, President of the Senators, “about two of three parties that seemed to be interested in him, but he didn’t seem to be interested.”

The AP article went on to say that Ferrell had been offered to every major league club, but the speculation had been that there was no interest due to his salary, considered to be one of the highest on the team.

That changed, however, when a young Yankee pitcher was stricken with appendicitis. Rookie Joe Vance had emergency surgery and was not expected to pitch for the Yankees for quite some time. With the roster spot available, the Yankees jumped on Ferrell, who had received a 10-day severance package from Griffith and his former team.

On August 18, just six day following his release from Washington, Ferrell took the hill against his former team in the first game of a double-header.

While Ferrell allowed five runs, he lasted 11 innings and ultimately earned a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Nats. The Yankees benefitted from four unearned runs, and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th when Lou Gehrig knocked Joe DiMaggio in from third base with a double following a DiMaggio triple.


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