Charles Herbert (Red) Ruffing was born in Granville, Ill. on May 3, 1905. He spent his childhood in Coalton, attending Nokomis schools. A powerful right-handed pitcher in local baseball, Ruffing left his job at the coal mine to sign with Danville of the Three I League in 1923.
He stepped up to the Boston Red Sox in 1924 and played with that club until May 6, 1930, when he was traded to the New York Yankees for Cedric Durst and $50,000. Ruffing played with the Yankees until 1946, when he was released. He signed with the Chicago White Sox, playing the final season of his career in 1947. Served in the USAF from 1942 through July 1945.
Ruffing was named by the Baseball Writers Assocation of America to the Sporting News All-Star Team in 1937, 1938 and 1939. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.
He married Pauline Mulholland on Oct. 6, 1934. He died in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 17, 1986.