Don Ferrarese

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Donald Hugh Ferrarese

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Biographical Information[edit]

Donald "Midget" Ferrarese apparently got his nickname from his small size. Prior to his major league service, he missed the 1951-1952 seasons due to military service.

He was used both as a starter and reliever in his career. He started his career as a reliever on April 11, 1955 with the Baltimore Orioles at the age of 26. In the first big league year of his career, he showed some promise, posting a 3.00 ERA in 6 games (9 innings of work). He never quite lived up to that promise, though. Perhaps his best year when he was mostly a starter was with the Cleveland Indians in 1959. He went 5 and 3 with a 3.20 ERA in 76 innings of work. Although he walked 51 and struck out only 45, he still gave up only 58 hits that season.

His finest season as a reliever was his last season. Spending time with the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, Ferrarese posted a 3.27 ERA (it was only 2.70 with the Cardinals) in 63+ innings of work. Although he went only 1 and 5, his ERA was considerably lower than the league average of 4.21.

He played his final big-league game on September 22, 1962. Overall, he was 19 and 36 with a 4.00 ERA in just over 506 innings of work. He struck out 350 and walked 295 batters.

His career batting average was .156 (20 for 128). The highlights of his hitting career came on May 26, 1959 and June 22, 1962. On the first of those dates, he collected three hits in three at-bats, all of them being doubles. He drove in two of the three runs the Indians scored, to help beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-0. The pitchers he victimized in that game were Dick Donovan and Gerry Staley. In the second of these memorable games, he made the final hit of his career a good one. Facing pitcher Jim Owens, Ferrarese hit a two-run home run in the 3rd inning. That wasn't enough though, as the Phillies - his former team - beat the Cardinals, 11-3. But, for every success there seems to be a failure - like his entire 1956 season. He collected one hit in 28 at-bats that year, for a .036 average. Although he was not a good hitter, he did not strike out too much. Adam Dunn, for example, has struck out in 32.7% of all his at-bats. Ferrarese, in contrast, struck out in only 20.3% of his at-bats.

As a fielder, he posted a .952 fielding percentage. Overall, his career statistics are most similar to those of Bryan Clark. He spent four seasons with Ray Moore and Minnie Minoso - longer than any other teammates.

He was the former head coach for the Victor Valley College Rams, a junior college in Victorville, CA.

At last check, he lived in Apple Valley, CA.

Major transactions[edit]

Often used as trade bait, Ferrarese was involved in multiple trades in his career, even after his big league career was over:

Other information[edit]

  • On May 5, 1956, Ferrarese struck out 13 batters in his first start in about two years.
  • On May 12, 1956, he held a no-hitter through eight innings, until Andy Carey broke it up with a single.
  • He never had the same number for more than two years in a row.

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