Yankees Hall of Famer Whitey Ford Dead at 91

Former Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford, who still holds the record for best winning percentage amongst Major League pitchers, died Thursday night at 91-years old. 

Ford signed with the Yankees in 1947 straight out of high school and spent his entire sixteen-year career with the team.  The left-hander had a career record of 236-106, with a (.690) winning percentage. He pitched the team to eleven American League pennants and six World Series championships during his tenure.  

The Yankees’ star pitcher helped the team sweep Philadelphia in the World Series in 1950, before shipping off to serve in the Army during the Korean War for two years. He returned in time to rejoin the team for the 1953 season and win the Championship.  

Ford went on to become the Yankees’ number one pitcher, and was dubbed the “Chairman of the Board” for his ability to remain calm and in control under high-pressure situations. Along with Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, Ford led the team to 10 American League pennants and five World Series titles over the next twelve years.

The left-hander retired in 1967 at age 38 after injuries to his throwing arm. In his memoir Slick: My Life in and Around Baseball, Ford admitted to scuffing and gouging balls in his declining years to maintain pitching advantage.    

Ford died on Thursday in his Long Island home, he is survived by his wife Joan and two living children. His youngest son Thomas died in 1999.  

The Yankees released a statement following Ford’s death. “The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford,” said the post. “Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed.”

 

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kbhret
kbhret
12 days ago

Memories from better times.
Little did we know back then that the generation spawned by Whitey Ford’s generation would spawn the America hating anarchist generation of today.

Jon Diamanti
Jon Diamanti
12 days ago
Reply to  kbhret

Shame on You for Your comment😡Not everyone from that generation had anything to do with America’s present problems. That movement is far from a majority and would not even have a voice if it wasn’t for coverage by the news media!!!!

RangerEDGE5
RangerEDGE5
12 days ago

God bless you sir. My prayer as is for everyone is you were ready to meet your creator. Your journey is over. Your future now begins. Praise be to our Lord and Savior.

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