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Ferris Roy Fain (May 29, 1921 - October 18, 2001) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for nine seasons in the American League with the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. He played in 1,151 career games.

Early life

Ferris Fain was born in San Antonio, Texasmarker on May 29, 1921, and grew up in Oakland, Californiamarker.


The lefty was a top prospect and had 461 at bats in his rookie season, playing full-time. That year, he batted a solid .291 with 7 home runs and 71 RBIs.

Fain broke through in batting .344 with 6 homers and 57 RBIs, although he only had 425 at-bats due to a broken foot. That year and the following, he finished sixth in Most Valuable Player Award voting. Yogi Berra won in '51 and teammate Bobby Shantz took the prize in . Fain took home batting titles in both seasons.

He had an off-year in after getting into a brawl in a Marylandmarker café with White Sox fans. Fain was fined $600 by the White Sox, and was then sued for $50,000. After suffering a knee injury the following year, he never really got back on track. He ended having had an on-base percentage over .400 every full year that he played. He was in the top 10 in that category seven times in his career, while being in the top 10 in walks eight times in his career. His ability to get on base helped him to five straight All-Star Games (1950-1954). On June 16, 1954, Fain hit an inside the park grand slam.

In a 9-season career, he batted .290 with 48 home runs and 570 RBIs. He had 213 career doubles and a career .424 on-base percentage. He had 1139 career hits in 3930 at bats. Fain was regarded by some as the best fielding 1B in the majors until Vic Power showed up.

Later life

In 1985, Fain was charged with growing marijuana and sentenced to four months' house arrest. In 1988, he was again charged with growing marijuana and was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment. Fain said, "I knew how to grow the stuff. I was as adept at it as I was in playing baseball." Fain became a custom home builder in Georgetown, CA in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Fain died in Georgetown, Californiamarker, of leukemia along with other complications. He was 80 years old.

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