Red Ruffing overcame adversity to achieve pitching stardom. As a youngster, he lost four toes on his left foot in a mine accident, which hastened a transition from the outfield to the mound. After suffering through a 39-96 mark with the Red Sox, his career blossomed when he was traded to the Yankees in 1930. An instrumental part of seven pennant winners, Ruffing won seven of nine World Series decisions. His 273 career victories include a four-year stretch (1936-39) when he won at least 20 games per season.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1967