Edward Charles ‘Whitey’ Ford was a left-handed pitcher who spent his entire 16-year career with the New York Yankees, wearing #19 as a rookie. After his debut year, in which he went 9-1, he entered the military for two years and, when returning to the Yankees he chose #16 — now a retired number and one of the many plaques at Yankee Stadium. An eight time all star, and Cy Young award winner in 1961, Ford had a 236 – 106 record, which is still to this day the highest winning percentage in the history of baseball with over 300 decisions. His 1961 season was one of his best with a 25 – 4 record in 39 starts, while throwing an astounding 283 innings. Ford appeared in 11 World Series, winning 6 of them, but his amazing 2 starts in the 1961 Fall Classic were perhaps his most memorable. He only surrendered 6 hits in 14 IP, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 29 and 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings which eventually reached 33 & 2/3. Ford won 2 pitching titles in 1956 & 58 and is, arguably, one of the greatest pitchers to ever take the mound.
July 21, 2012