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Doc Ferris sets a baseball record

Ernest H. Ferris - minor league baseball pitcher

Ernest H. Ferris – minor league baseball pitcher

Ernest H. “Doc” Ferris was the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Jeffrey Ferris. Born the youngest child of a farming family in the Cincinnati region, he soon saw that farm living was NOT the life for him. Instead, America’s sport, baseball, drew him from behind the plow.

He played for a number of teams before and after World War I, and managed as well. Most of his playing time was in the Carolinas and Maryland, in class C or D leagues such as the North Carolina State League and the Piedmont League.

In 1916, Doc Ferris may have set the minor league record for the shortest game and the fewest balls pitched in a game. His Columbia Comers beat the Albany Babies on July 18 in South Atlantic League play. The game took 78 minutes and he threw a total of 73 pitches. Fielding was the savior for the Columbia team with Ferris recording just two strikeouts.

Year Team Lg Lev W L W-L% G IP H R BB
1913 Durham NCSL D 10 12 0.455 34 232 203 92 55
1914 Asheville NCSL D 9 16 0.36 34 206 198 72 38
1915 Asheville NCSL D 27 12 0.692 45 344 293 122 54
1916 Columbia SALL C 18 15 0.545 39 290 284 115 49
1917 2 Teams 2 Lgs D-C 15 8 0.652 23 182 186 64 5
1917 Hagerstown BLRI D 12 6 0.667 18 139 143 50 2
1917 Columbia SALL C 3 2 0.6 5 43 43 14 3
1921 Greensboro PIED C 20 9 0.69 40 273 211 127 43
1922 Greensboro PIED C 6 9 0.4 22 164.2 168 76 28
1923 Greensboro PIED C 4 5 0.444 19 98 130 58 24
8 Seasons 109 86 0.559 256 1789.2 1673 726 296
D (4 seasons) D 58 46 0.558 131 921 837 336 149
C (5 seasons) C 51 40 0.56 125 868.2 836 390 147

Ferris went on to several business enterprises and was a real estate broker in Greensboro, NC, for a long time. He married in and had two daughters.

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Updated: December 21, 2014 — 8:49 pm

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  1. Ernest Hayes Ferris, Sr. Had 3 sons and 1 daughter.

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