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May 3 – Happy Birthday Red Ruffing

Thumbnail image for ruffing.jpgThis right-hander started his Major League career as a member of the the Red Sox in 1924. In the slightly more than five seasons he spent in a Boston uniform, Ruffing’s won-lost record was an atrocious 39-96. This slow start to his big league pitching career was most likely attributable to the combination of a pretty putrid era of Red Sox offense and the fact that Ruffing was originally an outfielder, who only began pitching after a mining accident cost him four toes. In any event, Boston readily accepted the Yankee’s offer of $50,000 and a reserve outfielder named Cedric Durst in exchange for Ruffing, during the second month of the 1930 season.

Old Red then proceeded to go 15-5 in his debut season in Pinstripes. During the next 14 years, he won 231 games, lost just 124, and enjoyed four 20-victory seasons. He also compiled a 7-2 record in seven World Series and was the ace on six world championship Yankee teams. Since he was also originally a good-hitting outfielder, Ruffing became one of the best hitting pitchers in MLB history, compiling a .269 lifetime batting average. Charles Herbert “Red” Ruffing was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.

So what happened to Cedric Durst? He got into 102 games for the Red Sox in 1930, batted .240 and then never played in another Major League game. Ruffing shares his May 3rd birthday with this catcher, who became his Yankee teammate in 1941 and this long-ago Yankee pitcher.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1930 NYY 15 5 .750 4.14 34 25 8 12 2 1 197.2 200 106 91 10 62 117 1.325
1931 NYY 16 14 .533 4.41 37 30 5 19 1 2 237.0 240 130 116 11 87 132 1.380
1932 NYY 18 7 .720 3.09 35 29 6 22 3 2 259.0 219 102 89 16 115 190 1.290
1933 NYY 9 14 .391 3.91 35 28 7 18 0 3 235.0 230 118 102 7 93 122 1.374
1934 NYY 19 11 .633 3.93 36 31 3 19 5 1 256.1 232 134 112 18 104 149 1.311
1935 NYY 16 11 .593 3.12 30 29 1 19 2 0 222.0 201 88 77 17 76 81 1.248
1936 NYY 20 12 .625 3.85 33 33 0 25 3 0 271.0 274 133 116 22 90 102 1.343
1937 NYY 20 7 .741 2.98 31 31 0 22 4 0 256.1 242 101 85 17 68 131 1.209
1938 NYY 21 7 .750 3.31 31 31 0 22 3 0 247.1 246 104 91 16 82 127 1.326
1939 NYY 21 7 .750 2.93 28 28 0 22 5 0 233.1 211 88 76 15 75 95 1.226
1940 NYY 15 12 .556 3.38 30 30 0 20 3 0 226.0 218 98 85 24 76 97 1.301
1941 NYY 15 6 .714 3.54 23 23 0 13 2 0 185.2 177 87 73 13 54 60 1.244
1942 NYY 14 7 .667 3.21 24 24 0 16 4 0 193.2 183 72 69 10 41 80 1.157
1945 NYY 7 3 .700 2.89 11 11 0 8 1 0 87.1 85 32 28 2 20 24 1.202
1946 NYY 5 1 .833 1.77 8 8 0 4 2 0 61.0 37 13 12 2 23 19 0.984
1947 CHW 3 5 .375 6.11 9 9 0 1 0 0 53.0 63 39 36 7 16 11 1.491
22 Yrs 273 225 .548 3.80 624 538 69 335 45 18 4344.0 4284 2115 1833 254 1541 1987 1.341
NYY (15 yrs) 231 124 .651 3.47 426 391 30 261 40 9 3168.2 2995 1406 1222 200 1066 1526 1.282
BOS (7 yrs) 39 96 .289 4.61 189 138 39 73 5 9 1122.1 1226 670 575 47 459 450 1.501
CHW (1 yr) 3 5 .375 6.11 9 9 0 1 0 0 53.0 63 39 36 7 16 11 1.491
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/3/2014.