Although he was a native of Maple City, Kansas, Ferrell (Andy) Anderson called Joplin home.
Anderson was an All-Bit Seven offensive guard at the University of Kansas and an honorable mention All-American. He turned to professional baseball after leaving KU. His professional career in baseball started as a catcher with the Joplin Miners. Anderson would be affiliated with professional baseball for 17 years which included playing stints with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
He caught six no-hit games during his career, including one with the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers. In a story in the Joplin News-Herald, Anderson rated the 1946 no-hitter as one of his biggest thrills as an athlete.
A general agent for Occidental Life Insurance Company, Anderson settled in Joplin after marrying Blanche Talbot of Webb City in 1941.
Anderson will also be remembered for his tireless work with the youth baseball programs in Joplin.