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Whitey Ford Whitey Ford

Left-handed Pitcher; New York Yankees 1950-1967; U.S. Military 1951-1952

"Whitey" Ford has the highest win-loss career percentage of any pitcher in this century.

His record of 236-106, a .690 pct. is the best in the current Major Professional League.

Baseball History

Ford opened his career with the New York Yankees by winning his first nine games and was 9-1 as a rookie, starting 12 games and completing 7. Baseball fans gathered by their radios and listened to the last game of the 1950 World Series; Ford set down the Philadelphia Phillies (The Whiz Kids), enabling the Yankees to sweep all four games.

Ford spent the next two seasons as a private in the Army Signal Corp. 1951-1952.

In 1953, "Whitey" Ford's record was 18-6 and in the World Series, he won game 7 over the famed Brooklyn Dodgers. He went 16-8 in 1954. Again, he was the pitching star in the 1955 World Series over the Dodgers, winning games 1 and 6. Ed "Whitey" Ford pitched 32 straight scoreless innings in World Series play breaking Babe Ruth's record of 29.6.

In 1956, Ford was 19-6, a .760 pct with an ERA of 2.47. He started 30 games and completed 18. Yankee catcher Elston Howard called "Whitey" Ford "the Chairman of the Board" because of his masterly fashion in which he controlled the batters and all fielders around him.

Ford won the Cy Young Award in 1963, when he won 24 games and lost only 7, pct .774, with an ERA of 2.74.

Ed "Whitey" Ford's numbers include 236-106, pct .690. Started 438 games, completed 156, including 45 shutouts. He pitched 3170 innings and complied an 2.75 ERA. His career opponents BA was .235.

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