Ferryman honored following death in ’50s


The Daily Telegram, April 30, 1956

“Phil Ferryman, Ace Southpaw, Killed In Crash”

Death in a traffic crash has stilled today the magic strikeout arm of southpaw Phil Ferryman.

Ferryman, 25, of Milford Center, who pitched the Mechanicsburg Lions softball team to a district championship last year and carried a heavy load to fifth runner up in the state finals, was killed early Saturday morning.

His car collided head-on with a truck at 4 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Route 33 west of Dublin in Franklin County.

Mr. Ferryman was to have pitched for Bart’s Bar in three AA leagues in Columbus this summer.

The State Highway Patrol said he died of a crushed chest.

The Patrol said Ferryman was driving northwest on Route 33 and his car went left of the center line on the curve between the Avery Rd. and Ohio route 161 intersection 3 ½ miles west of Dublin.

The truck was driven southeast by Walter V. Puckett, 35, the Patrol said. Puckett suffered scalp cuts. Both men were driving alone.

Ferryman had worked since January as a truck driver for the E. C. Jones, Inc., trucking company of Columbus. Before that he was a farmer.

Among the survivors are his wife, Jane, and two sons, Daniel, 4, and Richard, 19 months.

The body was taken in the Grigg funeral home in Milford Center for services at 2 p.m. on Tuesday by the Rev. Alfred Boester, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chuckery.

Burial will be in Milford Center cemetery.

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The Daily Telegram, May 25, 1956

“Phil Ferryman Family Doubleheader

Benefit Ball Game Set Here June 9”

Preliminary plans were announced today for a doubleheader softball game Saturday night, June 9, at Goshen Memorial Park with all proceeds being given to the family of the late Phil Ferryman, ace pitcher for the Lions team last year, who was killed in an auto accident.

Elmer Travis, chairman of the Lions Club softball commission, said Burt’s Bar and Anthony Motors, both of Columbus, and North Lewisburg have agreed to come here for the doubleheader. Mechanicsburg completes the quartet.

How the teams will be matched in play has not been determined.

Ferryman was to have pitched for Bart’s Bar this year, and has hurled in the past for North Lewisburg as well as Mechanicsburg.

Travis said all three visiting teams have agreed to play for nothing and pay their own expenses.

Likewise, umpires will donate their time.

Game time for the first of the doubleheaders has been set for 7:30.

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The Daily Telegram, June 11, 1956

“Lions Split In Softball Over Week-End”

The Lions softball team split a couple games over the weekend, setting down the undefeated Yellow Springs Merchants Friday night 2-0, but losing to Anthony Motors of Columbus 7-3 in half of the Phil Ferryman twin bill benefit Saturday evening.

A sizeable crowd turned out at the Park Saturday evening to pay its respects to the late Phil Ferryman, former Mechanicsburg pitcher, who was killed in a recent auto accident.

In the other half of the benefit, which netted $210 to be turned over to Mrs. Ferryman and two children, Bat’s Bar of Columbus downed North Lewisburg 2-0. Tod McKinney for Bart’s Bar had a no-hitter going until the 7th.

Mark Francis, secretary of the Goshen Memorial Park Board, paid high respect to Mr. Ferryman and his outstanding pitching record. He was introduced by Clarence Stoddard. A minute of silent prayer followed.

Against Anthony Motors, the Lions committed 5 errors which cost them the ball game. Moody started on the mound and was relieved by Steele.

Against Yellow Springs, Steele hurled two-hit ball while Mechanicsburg picked up 8 hits, including homers by Moody and Woods, Steele had a perfect night at bat—3 for 3.

The Lions face a busy schedule this week.

Tuesday night they play Howard Bond with Kenny Wilson pitching here.

Wednesday they go to North Lewisburg in a return game.

Friday night they play Park Motors of Dayton here.

Saturday night they go to Dayton for a game with National Cash Register.