Richard Joseph "Turk" Farrell (April 8, 1934 – June 10, 1977) was an American professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1956 to 1969, spending his entire 14-year MLB career in the National League (NL). He threw and batted right-handed. Farrell's son is former MLB pitcher Richard Dotson.
|Born: April 8, 1934|
|Died: June 10, 1977 (aged 43)|
Great Yarmouth, England
|September 21, 1956, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 17, 1969, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.45|
|Career highlights and awards|
Before the 1953 season, Farrell was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent. The 19-year-old began his Minor League Baseball (MiLB) career with the class A Schenectady Blue Jays. There, over a two-year span (1953–54), he would build a Win-Loss record of 18–18, with a 3.30 ERA. He spent 1955 in the IL, with the Syracuse Chiefs, going 12–12 with a 3.94 ERA; in 1956, he played for the Miami Marlins, going 12–6 with a 2.50 ERA.
In September, 1956, Farrell would get a late-season look by the Phillies and would lose his only decision; but he set the groundwork for a 14-year run in the major leagues. Farrell was one of the young Phillies pitchers of the late 1950s, along with Jack Meyer and Jim Owens, dubbed the "Dalton Gang" for their fun-loving late-hour escapades. "When he loses, he loses his temper," a teammate once said of Farrell, "but when he wins he's the life of the party." Bearing the brunt on one occasion was the mirror in a Milwaukee bar, broken by Farrell's fist with the explanation, "I looked in the mirror and didn't like what I saw, so I threw a punch."
Phillies fans liked what they saw of the 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) hard-throwing rookie right-hander in 1957 when he was 10–2 plus 10 saves and a 2.38 ERA in 52 appearances out of the bullpen. On September 3, 1957, Farrell was the winning pitcher for the Phils in the last of fifteen home games the Dodgers played at the Jersey City Roosevelt Stadium, 3–2 in twelve innings. After four more seasons of relief work with the Phils, Farrell was traded to the Dodgers early in 1961.
A starter in Houston, Farrell was used almost exclusively in relief with Philadelphia and Los Angeles. His career totals include 590 games pitched (134 starts), a won-loss record of 106–111, 83 saves, and an ERA of 3.45.
He was selected to the National League All-Star team 4 times (1958, 1962, 1964 and 1965) in his career.
Farrell last pitched in the major leagues on September 19, 1969 for the Phillies against the Expos in a game the Phillies lost 10–6. Farrell went 1+2⁄3 innings in the first game of a doubleheader at Parc Jarry, allowing one hit and striking out one. He would never pitch in the majors again, and would leave the US shortly thereafter for good. Farrell moved to England, where he lived and worked on an offshore oil rig just off Great Britain in the North Sea.
He was killed on June 10, 1977, in an auto accident in Great Yarmouth, England, at age 43. He was buried in Houston, Texas.
- Stark, Jayson (September 11, 2020). "'There might be a family secret': Richard Dotson's real-life fable". The Athletic. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- Bingham, Walter (June 13, 1960). "The Dalton Gang Rides Again". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- Marazzi, Rich; Fiorito, Len (2004) Baseball Players of the 1950s: A Biographical Dictionary of All 1,560 Major Leaguers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-7864-4688-9. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- Turk Farrell at SABR (Baseball BioProject)
- Turk Farrell at Baseball Almanac
- Turk Farrell at Baseball Library
- Turk Farrell at Astros Daily
- Turk Farrell at Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Professional Baseball League)
- Turk Farrell at The Deadball Era
- Turk Farrell at Find a Grave