On July 19, 1933, for the first time ever, two brothers on different teams each hit a home run during the same game.
Pitcher Wesley Ferrell hit one out of the park off of Hank Johnson for the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning. Catcher Rick Ferrell hit the long ball off of Wesley for the Boston Red Sox also in the fourth inning. Wesley helped lead the Indians to a 8-7 in Indians to a win in 13 innings.
The Farrell brothers were born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina as part of a baseball family. They also had a younger brother George who played on minor league teams for 20 years.
Rick started in 1929 at the age of 23 with the St. Louis Browns and got traded to the Red Sox. He also spent time with the Washington Senators. He was traded between those teams until his retirement in 1947. Wesley started his career at the age of 19 with the Cleveland Indians in 1927 and played with them until 1934 when he started with the Red Sox. During his career he also played with the Washington Senators, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves. Rick was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and his brother Wesley has been considered for baseball’s greatest honor but has yet to claim his spot in Cooperstown.