“If they had those things (radar guns) when I pitched, nobody would have signed me.”
Whitey Ford recently passed away at the age of 91. Whitey Ford’s career record was 236 wins and 106 losses. His .690 lifetime winning percentage is the highest of any pitcher in the 20th Century! Whitey Ford won the Cy Young Award in 1961 when his record was 25-4. Ford also was the World Series MVP that season as the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 1. Whitey Ford was a 10-time All-Star and 6-time World Series Champion. Ford was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974, his second year of eligibility.
It was a joy to watch Whitey Ford pitch! He did not overpower hitters, he had great control, and he could throw any of his pitches for strikes no matter what the count. Whitey Ford never let anything bother him when he was on the mound. He was very self confident and a great competitor. Ford also was a great, “Big Game” pitcher. His 10 World Series wins are the most of any pitcher. Whitey pitched on many great Yankee teams; however, he made those teams even better on the days he pitched. Yankee catcher Elston Howard dubbed Whitey, “The Chairman of the Board.” The lefty from New York City was the leader of the Yankee pitching staff for more than a decade. Whitey Ford is the best starting pitcher in the rich history of the New York Yankees!