Starting in 1924, Red Ruffing spent 6+ years toiling on the Boston Red Sox pitching staff, never coming close to even a .500 winning record and twice losing twenty games. Then, in the middle of the 1930 season everything changed when he joined the mighty New York Yankees. Backed by fellow Hall of Famers Bill Dickey, Earl Combes, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth on the field, and as part of a staff that included Herb Pennock, Lefty Gomez and Waite Hoyt, Ruffing would go 15-5 for the remainder of the season. Over the next twelve seasons he would win 20+ games four times, lead the league in shutouts once, in strikeouts once, and appear on six All Star teams. He also won six World Championships, including the 1938 series against the Chicago Cubs when he contributed two complete game victories. He won 273 games in his lifetime, 231 with some of the greatest Yankee teams in history.
August 8, 2011
Bedford Heights, OH