Sunday, March 12, 2006

March 12th, 1978

Ferrell Anderson Dies

This is one of those things that I wish I had my books for, since I'm sure there's some kind of story because Ferrell Anderson, but damned if I can find it. Leaving the name aside--Ferrell is apparently an Irish name that means 'brave'--Anderson's professional baseball adventures begin in 1939 when he was signed by the Yankees. Sometime between 1939 and the beginning of the 1942 season, Ferrell found his way to the Brooklyn Dodgers although whether this was by trade, waivers or otherwise is unknown.

Ferrell made his debut for the Dodgers in 1946 as the back-up catcher, and put a decent year hitting .256/.330/.337 while playing seventy games behind the dish. Here Anderson's once again fades from the spotlight, bouncing from the Dodgers to the Reds, back to the Dodgers, to the Phillies (once again in an unknown variety of transaction), from the Phillies to the Browns and the Browns to the Cardinals, all without playing a Major League game.

Finally, in 1953 after a six season away, Anderson returned to the Major Leagues. He was less impressive this time, playing in just eighteen games and getting only thirty-five times at bat. Ferrell hit .286 but it was an empty .286 with no walks and no power. After that season, he disappears from the radar entirely, no more time in the Majors. I remain hopeful my full library will reveal more about the mysterious life and career of Ferrell Anderson but for now the most information I can give about his post baseball career is the title, his death in early 1978.

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