Kerby Farrell, “Hot Stove” Farmer

On December 17, 1975, Kerby Farrell passed away in Nashville. Beginning in 1932 his minor league career would span 19 seasons, mostly as an outfielder although he tried his hand at pitching in the later years. In 1943 he played in 85 games for the Boston Braves and returned to the majors with the Chicago White Sox in 1945.

KerbFarrell was also a minor league manager at Erie, Spartanburg, Cedar Rapids, Reading, Indianapolis, Miami, Buffalo, Salinas, Lynchburg, and Tacoma. He was named Manager of the Year three times.

Farrell liked aggressive, running teams.

“I believe”, he once told a reporter, “that if you have good speed you have a fine offensive weapon.

“And with better speed you also have a better defensive club.

Farrell managed one season in the majors for Cleveland during the 1957 American League season when he led the Indians to a 76-77 record. On May 17th Gil McDougald hit a line drive that struck rising star Herb Score above the eye and was a crucial event that diminished the potential of the promising pitcher. Farrell was the first person to the mound to assist Score.

In the off season Farrell would raise ash timber and cotton on his farm in Henderson, Tennessee. He often referred to himself as a “hot stove” farmer, and liked to be referred to as “Kerb”.

Farrell was main speaker at two Old Timers banquets in Nashville, in 1957 and again in 1960. He was elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Born in Leapwood, Tennessee in McNairyCounty in 1913, he assisted Larry Schmittou as a Vanderbilt baseball coach after his retirement. Farrell is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville.

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