“Edward Charles” “Whitey Ford”, nicknamed The Board Chairman, “was an American professional baseball pitcher who played with the New York Yankees for his entire 16-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career. He was born on October 21, 1928, in New York City, New York He was a ten-time All-Star and a six-time winner of the World Series.
In Manhattan, Ford was born. He moved to the Astoria neighborhood of Queens at the age of five, a few miles from the Triborough Bridge to the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium. He attended public schools and graduated from Aviation Trades’ Manhattan High School.
He was 91 years old.
In 1961, he received both the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and the Cy Young Award. Ford led the American League (AL) three times in wins and twice in earned run average (ERA). In career wins (236), shutouts (45), innings pitched (3,170 1⁄3), and games begun by a pitcher (438; tied), he is the Yankees franchise leader. In 1974, Ford was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ford was signed in 1947 as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees and played with them his entire career. He was nicknamed ‘Whitey’ for his light blond hair while still in the minor leagues.
In the 1961 All-Star Game at Candlestick Park, Ford confessed to doctoring the ball to strike out Willie Mays. As Horace Stoneham’s guests at the Giants owner’s country club, Ford and Mantle had accumulated $1,200 ($10,143 today) in golf pro shop purchases. If Ford were willing to strike Mays out, Stoneham agreed to pay their tab. “What was that all about?” Mays asked. “I’m sorry, Willie, but I had to throw you a spitter,” Ford replied.
The Yankees announced Friday “Whitey Ford died at the age of 91“. On Friday, a family member told The Associated Press that Ford died Thursday night at his Long Island home. It was not clear about the cause.
The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. 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. pic.twitter.com/2KDi4V9SeA
We are devastated to hear of the great Whitey Ford’s passing. One of Yogi’s closest companions, Whitey was so incredibly kind and caring, beyond being a legendary pitcher. This loss is immense. Here’s to you, the Chairman of the Board. We love you. pic.twitter.com/ngJD1lDq6O
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