Celebrated as Chairman of the Board of Directors for his sleek shot at ball clubs that dominated baseball in the 1950s and early 60s and his brilliance in the big game, Whitey Ford, the left-handed player of the Hall of Fame of Yankees, is his home in Long Island, Lake Success, NY on Thursday night. He was 91 years old.
Yankees announced his death.
Winning 11 pennants and shooting for six World Series champions, Ford won 236 matches, the best of the Yankee and the best among shooters with a career win percentage of 0.690, with 200 or more wins in the 20th century.
When Ford died, he became the second oldest surviving Hall of Famer, after former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, 93.
He was the ridiculous, blonde-haired son of New York City, hence the nickname, and was a beloved one for decades as loyal to the Yankee lines as his most deadly fans. “I’ve been a Yankee fan since I was 5,” Ford said at the 1974 Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, NY. He was one of the biggest names of the Yankee teams, including Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra. , Phil Rizzuto, Roger Maris and their 1950s shooting buddies Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat. And among the respected figures who spent their entire careers with the Yankees, Lou Gehrig joined DiMaggio, Mantle and Rizzuto. The team retired number 16 and put their plaque next to theirs in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
Ford had a competitive advantage in shooting for dauntingly good teams. But his courage was never seriously questioned, as he compiled an impressive 2.75 run average in 3,170 innings.
Brooks Robinson of Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent’s oral history “We were going to play for nothing.” ”(2008). “There were great actors behind him, but Whitey Ford was a master.”
At 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, Ford rarely surpassed shooters. However, in the 16 season, he mastered the various pitches thrown at various speeds and arm movements and delivered them exactly where he wanted. “If winning takes 27 wins, who will get them more than Mr. Ford?” Longtime Yankee executive Casey Stengel once said.
Methodical in the mound, Ford could not be avoided. He joined Mantle and Billy Martin at night in town and inspired Stengel to call them the Three Musketeers. Mantle also entered the Hall of Fame in 1974, and at the entrance ceremony, the chemistry behind the friendship between the Oklahoma peasant boy and Ford growing up on the streets of Queens was asked. “We both loved whiskey,” he said.
“We were three people in those early years – me, Whitey and Billy Martin,” Mantle said, “We were both arrogant, outspoken people and I could stay in the background.”
With the passing of DiMaggio and Mantle, the days of the old times at Yankee Stadium became the Whitey and Yogi show. Its catchers and baseball philosopher Ford and Berra were the great celebrities of that era. (Berra died at the age of 90 in 2015.)
Ford acknowledged what was widely suspected: He was playing baseball at times, also in retirement. He said that he created “mud” balls by mixing saliva and dirt; he used a mixture of baby oil, turpentine and resin to make his fingers sticky; and he had a ring made with a nail file specially attached to cut baseballs, all to make a shot unexpectedly and produce crashes or ground balls and help win championships.
Ford held a series of World Series records, including 33⅔ consecutive scoreless shots. He was insightful from the very beginning, a puzzle the shooters struggled to solve.
Walt Dropo, the first goalkeeper of the Boston Red Sox to beat Ford for the Rookie of the Year award, recalled facing Ford in the first season. “I could immediately see that this man was going to get in trouble,” said Dropo in his book “Bombers” (2002), edited by Richard Lally. “He was like a master chess player using his brain to get the bat out of my hands. You’re going to start thinking with him, and then Whitey had you because he never started you with the same curtain in any drama.
“He can start with a quick ball inside, a curved ball outside, then he can reverse it or even start you with a change. He played games with everybody, every hitman I talked to. He made them hit the field, and that was generally something they didn’t like.”
Edward Charles Ford was born on the East Side of Manhattan on October 21, 1928 and grew up idolizing Joe DiMaggio in the Astoria department of Queens. Neighborhood high school played the first stage for the Manhattan Aviation Business School, which William Cullen Bryant attended because he did not have a baseball team.
In April 1946, in his last year, he attended a trial at Yankee Stadium. Yankee hunter Paul Krichell felt Ford didn’t hit well enough to be the first fielder, but realized he had a strong arm. Ford made an outstanding summer horse for the 34th Avenue Boys, a Queens sandbox sponsored by a beer garden, after a few hits towards the end of his high school season, and in October 1946 the Yankees gave him a $ 7,000 bonus. as your sales prospect.
After three and a half years in minors, Ford made its debut on the Yankee on July 1, 1950. Slim and blonde was Eddie Ford at the time. Lefty Gomez, the former Yankee pitcher who led the team’s farm system, had named him Whitey, but his name had not yet changed.
Trained by shooting coach Jim Turner and Lopat, Ford won nine matches before being defeated at home by Philadelphia Athletics’ Sam Chapman. After winning the first three games of the 1950 World Series against Philadelphia, Phillies’ Whiz Kids gave Stengel Ford a debut at Yankee Stadium. Yankee left fielder Gene Woodling was in a close when a fly dropped the ball that allowed two runs to score. Stengel eventually took Ford out of the game, despite the disapproval of Yankee fans, and Reynolds completed a 5-2 Yankee victory and a World Series sweep.
Ford missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons while in the Army, but returned with the 18-6 season in 1953. As he recalls, Yankee hunter Elston Howard gave him the nickname Chairman of the Board in the mid-1950s.
Ford continued to move forward from 1954 to 1956, winning 53 matches.
Then came an infamous night in the Yankee wisdom. In May 1957, Ford and Mantle joined with several teammates to celebrate Martin’s 29th birthday at the Copacabana nightclub. A boss collapsed with a broken nose and accused Hank Bauer, the Yankees right-wing advocate, of decorating him. Bauer denied this and no charges were made, but the Yankees fined all the players there for the embarrassing section of headline making. It was never clear who turned the customer upside down, and Berra famously explained: “Nobody gave meaning to anyone.” However, Martin was soon deported to the low-level Kansas City Athletics.
In April 1958, to mark the start of another baseball season, Ford made a stellar return on Ed Sullivan’s popular CBS variety show with Berra, Mantle, and a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with first baseball player Bill Skowron. It was accompanied by Jack Norwood, who wrote the words in 1908.
The Yankees closed the season by beating the Milwaukee Braves at the World Series.
The winning paths for Ford continued into the early 1960s.
He was the best in the World Series, with the most wins (10) and most strikes (94) among his records, with 33⅔ straight no-score hits.
He scored two goals against the Pirates in the 1960 World Series, despite Bill Mazeroski having a streak win for Pittsburgh in Game 7. In Game 1 of the 1961 World Series, he made another close and shot against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit five goalless hits in Game 4 before an assistant arrived. The Yankees won this Series in five matches, with 32 consecutive goalless hits in Ford’s World Series game, overshadowing Babe Ruth’s 29⅔ hit record for the Boston Red Sox in 1916. and 1918.
Ralph Houk, who replaced Stengel as Yankees’ manager in 1961, used Ford more often than Stengel, and Johnny Sain, who was shooting coach that year, taught him to shoot slider and added it to Ford’s repertoire. Ford won 14 consecutive games, broke a record 25-4, and captured the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball.
In the 1961 All-Star Match at the San Francisco Giants’ Candlestick Park, Ford made his most confusing single step. Horace Stoneham, owner of the Giants, made a bet that Ford would not be able to release Willie Mays as Ford. He described it in “Whitey and Mickey” (1977), a joint Ford-Mantle memoir written with Joseph Durso of the New York Times. A few hundred dollars were involved.
When Ford met Mays on the first hit, he said, “I threw the biggest spit ball you have ever seen at Willie” and “he jumped out of hell and raised the referee’s right hand for the third hit.”
Ford extended the World Series no-score sequence to 33 hits, and Jose Pagan of the Giants left a solo single that recorded Mays on the second hit of the 1962 World Series opening in San Francisco. But Ford won this match, the final World Series victory.
It was 24-7 in 1963, its last extraordinary season.
Ford added the roles of shooting coach in 1964, when Berra became manager and Houk was promoted to general manager. However, at the opening of the World Series, St. While shooting against Louis Cardinals, he developed numbness in his left hand and left on the sixth shot.
He had surgery in November for a blocked artery, but this procedure was a temporary solution and continued to have circulation problems in cool weather the following season. Formerly St. When Johnny Keane, Louis Cardinals’ manager, took over from Berra, the shooter lost his coaching job.