Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29

1954 Red Man #AL22 - Ferris Fain

On this day in 1921, Ferris Fain was born.

On January 27, 1953, the Philadelphia Athletics traded Ferris and Bob Wilson to the Chicago White Sox for Ed McGhee, Joe DeMaestri and Eddie Robinson. Coming off off two straight betting titles with Philadelphia, the Sox probably thought they were getting a great deal. Unfortunately, Fain had a hot temper and got into a brawl with White Sox fans in a Maryland cafe, which derailed his 1953 season and took his career off track.

Ferris spent 1953 and 1954 with the White Sox, hitting .272 and making the All-Star squad both years. After the 1954 season, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in a multiple player deal. After baseball, Fain became a custom house builder, but found a green thumb growing marijuana, which led to a four month house arrest in 1985 and an eighteen month prison sentence in 1988.

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