July 19, 1933, marked the first time two men, who happened to be brothers on opposing teams, hit home runs in the same game.
Boston Red Sox 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 the hand of Wesley, also in the fourth inning. Wesley helped lead the Indians to a 8-7 victory in 13 innings.
The Farrell brothers were born to a baseball family and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. They 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.