Cy Young Award winner and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford died October 8, 2020 in his Long Island, New York home less than two weeks before his 92nd birthday. Reportedly Ford was watching his beloved Yankees play and was surrounded by family at the time of his death. No official cause of death was given, but Ford had been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
A star pitcher for the New York Yankees, Ford holds the highest winning percentage at 69%, has the most wins in Yankees history at 236, and holds the record for the most World Series wins.
His accomplishments are numerous in the World Series record book including 33 consecutive scoreless innings, 10 wins, 22 starts, 146 innings pitched, and 94 strikeouts. He has earned six World Series championships as a part of the Yankees.
Considered the greatest pitcher in Yankees history, the lefthander spent his entire 17 year career (1950-67) with the Yankees. His team mates include Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Richardson, and Yogi Berra. He also made eight appearances in the annual All Star game.
When Ford was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Yankees retired his number 16 jersey.
Current Yankee manager Aaron Boone said that Ford was on the Mt. Rushmore of Yankee baseball.
Not a power pitcher, Ford threw from overhand to side and everything in between. He also admitted to using methods that are no longer allowed in the game like adding substances to the ball or cutting it with his ring.
He was born Edward Charles Ford on October 21, 1028 on the East Side of Manhattan about 100 blocks from Yankee Stadium. Blonde headed, he earned the name Whitey while in the minor leagues.
Ford served two years of military service in the Army during the Korean War but never saw foreign duty.
Predeceased by his son Thomas, Ford is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years Joan son Eddie, daughter Sally Ann, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
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