June 19, 1929 |
|April 11, 1955, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 22, 1962, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||4.00|
|Career highlights and awards|
Donald Hugh "Midget" Ferrarese (born June 19, 1929 in Oakland, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1955 to 1962 with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. A left-handed thrower, he batted right-handed. An attendant of St. Mary's College of California, he was fairly small at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 170 pounds (77 kg). He apparently got his nickname from his small size.
Ferrarese was used both as a starter and reliever in his career. He started his career as a reliever on April 11, 1955 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 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 Phillies and 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 considerable lower than the league average of 4.21.
Ferrarese's career batting average was .156 (20 for 128). The highlights of his hitting career came on May 26, 1959 and June 22, 1962. On May 26, 1959, 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 to 0. The pitchers he victimized in that game were Dick Donovan and Gerry Staley. On June 22, 1962, he made the final hit of his career a good one. Facing pitcher Jim Owens, Ferrarese hit a two-run home run in the third inning. That wasn't enough though, as the Phillies—his former team-beat the Cardinals 11 to 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 strikeout too much. Adam Dunn, for example, has struck out in 32.7% of all his at-bats. Ferrarese, for example, struck out in only 20.3% of his at-bats.
- December 6, 1954: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Matt Batts, Don Johnson, and Fred Marsh to the Baltimore Orioles for Jim Brideweser, Bob Chakales, and Clint Courtney.
- April 1, 1958: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles with Larry Doby to the Cleveland Indians for Gene Woodling, Dick Williams, and Bud Daley.
- December 6, 1959: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Dick Brown, Minnie Miñoso, and Jake Striker to the Chicago White Sox for Johnny Romano, Bubba Phillips, and Norm Cash.
- April 28, 1962: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bobby Locke and cash.
- February, 1963: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Houston Colt .45's for Bobby Tiefenauer.
- On May 5, 1956, Ferrarese strikes 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.
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