Ralph Terry

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Ralph Terry
Born: (1936-01-09) January 9, 1936 (age 78)
Big Cabin, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 6, 1956 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
April 14, 1967 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 107–99
Earned run average 3.62
Strikeouts 1,000
Career highlights and awards

Ralph Willard Terry (born on January 9, 1936) is an American former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees (1956–57, 1959–64), Kansas City Athletics (1957–59, 1966), Cleveland Indians (1965) and New York Mets (1966–67). Terry is best remembered for giving up the home run to Bill Mazeroski that won the Pittsburgh Pirates the 1960 World Series.

Early life[edit]

Terry was born in Big Cabin, Oklahoma.


In twelve seasons as a player, Terry posted a career record of 107-99, with 1000 strikeouts, a 3.27 earned run average, 257 games started, 75 games finished, 20 shutouts, 11 saves, and 446 bases on balls in 1849 innings pitched.

His best season was 1962, when he posted a 23-12 won-loss record. He pitched 298-2/3 innings, striking out 176, while walking 57. His 23 victories led the American League that year.

In five World Series (1960–64), Terry posted a record of 2-3, 31 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA. Both wins came in the 1962 World Series (of which he was named MVP) against the San Francisco Giants, including a 1-0 shutout in Game 7 over Giant ace Jack Sanford. That game—and thus the Series—ended with Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson catching Willie McCovey's line drive.


After baseball, Terry became a professional golfer. He won the 1980 Midwest PGA Championship and based on his status as a PGA of America sectional champion, he qualified for and played in four PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he started playing on the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the 1989 Showdown Classic. He often appears at Yankees' Old Timers' Day.

Terry has for several years, lived in Larned, Kansas, where he was in the insurance business for a number of years and is now retired and still golfs as a hobby.

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