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Whitey Ford (1928–2020), legendary Yankees pitcher

by Kirk Fox

Whitey Ford was a legendary pitcher who helped lead the New York Yankees to six World Series titles.

  • Died: Thursday, October 8, 2020 (Who else died on October 8?)  
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 91, a family member confirmed to the Associated Press.  
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Yankees Legend  

Born in New York City, Whitey Ford donned a New York Yankees uniform for his entire 16-year Major League Baseball career. Ford holds the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century, with a record of 236 wins against only 106 losses. He is the winningest pitcher in Yankees history and was an important part of the dynasty that won six World Series titles in the 1950s and early 1960s. Ford still holds World Series records for games and starts, innings pitched, victories and strikeouts. He was a 10-time All-Star, won the Cy Young award in 1961 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. Ford served in the Army during the Korean War. Though opposites in personality, the outgoing Ford and shy Yankees star Mickey Mantle were best friends and were known for their adventures out on the town.

 Ford on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame 

“It never was anything I imagined was possible or anything I dared dream about when I was a kid growing up on the sidewalks of New York. I never really thought I would make it as a kid because I always was too small.” —Ford from his 1987 autobiography ‘Slick,’ co-written with Phil Pepe


What they said about him

Full Obituary: The New York Times

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