Richard B. “Rick” Ferrell
Rick Ferrell was raised in Greensboro and attended Guilford College where he played baseball and basketball. In 1926, Ferrell signed with the Detroit Tigers and began his baseball career. Ferrell made his major league start as a catcher in 1929 with the St. Louis Browns. Ferrell was purchased by the Boston Red Sox and was selected as the catcher in his first of eight All-Star Games in 1933. After over 1,800 major league games, Ferrell retired from the Washington Senators in 1947. Ferrell coached both the Senators and the Tigers before moving to the front office with the Tigers. Ferrell worked as a scout, General Manager, Vice President, and consultant for the Tigers from 1953 until his death. Ferrell was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.