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Whitey is Mighty

A post about Yankee pitching great, Whitey Ford.

Hey baseball fans!

Today's post is about one of my favorite players of all time. He is one of the only Yankee pitchers in the Hall of Fame, and he is considered one of the greatest clutch pitchers of all time. Ladies and gentleman, Whitey Ford!

Edward "Whitey" Ford was the best pitcher on the great Yankees teams from 1950 to 1967, earning him the nickname "The Chairman of the Board". He was really good buddies with Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle.  Whitey was AL Rookie of the Year in 1950.  The southpaw's record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th-century pitcher! And his ERA was only 2.75.  He would've had a bunch more wins, except that he was in the military for the 1951 and 1952 seasons in the Korean War. He led the AL in wins in three seasons and in ERA and shutouts twice. He was an eight time All Star.

The 1961 Cy Young Award and World Series MVP Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic, breaking Babe Ruth's record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

Whitey was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. That's why I say Whitey is mighty!!

Thanks for reading.

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BART FRAENKEL January 25, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Another good article Matt. I remember reading stories when I was young about Yogi Berra explaining how Whitey Ford told him to 'rub' the baseball against his shin guards to nick the ball before throwing it back to him so Whitey could make it move even more then usual. It's interesting how players from all generations were always looking to get an advantage.

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