Statistically, Rick Ferrell isn’t quite the worst player in Cooperstown. His 1984 selection ranks as worst ever because the Veteran's Committee did it by mistake. BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell told Baseball Prospectus in 2011, “The story I heard was that Jim Campbell had called a few of the Veteran's Committee members and said, ‘Look, just don’t let him get shut out. Throw him a vote.’ Well, the guy ended up getting nine votes, so he got elected.” As O’Connell also noted, Rick Ferrell wasn’t even the best player in his family. Brother Wes ranked as one of the best pitchers of the 1930s.
Located at Historic Fleming Stadium at 300 Stadium Street in Wilson, . the museum has over 3328 square feet and showcases memorabilia of many aspects from across North Carolina. Memorabilia is from ball players that are native North Carolinians, and the museum is highlighted by showcases for Luke Appling, Rick Ferrell, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Gaylord Perry, Buck Leonard, Enos Slaughter, and Hoyt Wilheim, the seven Hall of Fame inductees in Cooperstown from North Carolina. Players that have played at Fleming Stadium such as Rod Carew, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts and Ted Williams are also highlighted, along with such notables as Trot Nixon, Josh Hamilton, Freddie Bynum and Landon Powell. T/he museum features a “Walk of Fame”, a collection of bricks to show memory, honor and recognition to players, fans and their families. The museum is open year round and is run by volunteers. For more information call (252) 296-3048. Directions: Exit 121, I-95, take 264 Hwy East. Go 6 miles, turn right on Ward Boulevard. Go to second light, turn left, take the third right onto Stadium Street. The museum is located inside Fleming Stadium.