Richard Benjamin Ferrell (October 12, 1905 July 27, 1995) was an American professional baseball player, coach, scout and executive. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1929 to 1947 for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators. Ferrell was regarded as one of the best catchers in baseball during the 1930s and early 1940s. His 1,806 games played as a catcher set an American League longevity record which stood for more than 40 years. An eight-time All-Star, Ferrell was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Ferrell was the fourth of seven brothers. His brother, Wes Ferrell, reached the major leagues as a pitcher while another brother, George Ferrell, played as an outfielder in minor league baseball. Ferrell attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he played both baseball and basketball.
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