The Red Sox won its fifth ever World Series in 1918. After that the Red Sox went 86 years without winning the World Series. In 2004, Boston ended that drought with a four-game sweep of St. Louis in the Fall Classic. The Red Sox have continued to shine in the series since then as they swept the Colorado Rockies in the World Series in four straight games in 2007 and won the World Series again this season by beating St. Louis four games to two. What was special about Boston’s accomplishment this year is the team finished last in the American League East Division last year. They went from going to 69-93 last season to 97-65 this year.
One Cleveland resident that was definitely pleased with the outcome of this year’s World Series is Dave “Boo” Ferriss. Ferriss, 91, had a great career in Boston as he was a standout pitcher from 1945-50. During his time, he posted a career record of 65-30 with a 3.64 ERA. He is a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.
“It was an amazing season, Ferriss said about this year watching Boston.
Ferriss is proud of the way Boston has been able to come up big in the World Series over the last 10 years. He is also pleased with the direction the Red Sox are going in under manager John Farrell. Farrell was Toronto’s manager in 2011 and 12 before going to Boston. He also served as pitching coach at Boston from 2007-10.
“He’s a solid baseball guy,” Ferriss said about Farrell. “He’s a solid fella. The Red Sox wanted him a year ago, but Toronto wouldn’t let him go. He was pitching coach for years there (Boston) when they won in ’07. He knew a lot of the players that are there now. The players really point to him as being a big difference this year.”
Ferriss was also complimentary of the work Boston General Manager Ben Cherington did in getting the players needed to succeed.
“He didn’t get any big stars, but he got good players and good people and they needed a better club house in a lot of ways,” Ferriss said.
Ferriss had his best overall season in the Majors in 1946 when he went 25-6 with a 3.25 ERA. He completed 26 games with six shutouts and led the league in winning percentage with a mark of .806. His performance enabled Boston to win the American League pennant and post an impressive overall record of 104-50. Boston battled St. Louis in the World Series that year, but lost to the Cardinals four games to three. Ferriss himself went 1-0 in two World Series starts that season with his one win being a completed game six-hit shutout in a 4-0 win for Boston in game three. He also pitched in game seven and gave up seven hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. He got a no-decision as Boston lost that game 4-3.
Ferriss said this year’s Red Sox team reminded him of the Red Sox team he played on.
“We had some top players and there’s two of them in Cooperstown — Bobby Doerr at second base and Ted Williams in left field,” Ferriss said. “They’re both in the Baseball Hall of Fame. We had Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, they’re in the Red Sox Hall of Fame. We won 104 games that year. We were kind of similar in a lot of ways to what this team was. We won a lot of come-from-behind games, and we had a different guy that would come through. Somebody was always coming through with timely hits. This year’s team was amazing.”
Ferriss said the World Series is the event every professional ball player wants to be a part of.
“It’s every boy’s dream,” Ferriss said about the World Series. “Every boy that goes into professional baseball and gets to the Majors, it’s his dream to play in the World Series. I’m mighty thankful to feel blessed and to have the opportunity to play on the great ball club we had in ’46. We just came up a little short against a good Cardinal team. It’s always been one of the great sports classics.”
Ferriss also added that the atmosphere in Boston and at Fenway Park is something special.
“Those Red Sox fans, there’s nothing like them,” Ferriss said. “They love the Red Sox, and they live and die with those Red Sox. They were all in the stands watching the celebration. They didn’t even leave when it was over with. At Fenway, there’s no place like it. It’s a beautiful old ball park and those fans will be celebrating for ever.”