Ford, Whitey

Edward Charles Ford
Born: October 21, 1928, New York, New York
Played For: 
New York Yankees (1950, 1953-1967)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1974

Edward Whitey Ford was the big-game pitcher on the great Yankees teams of the 1950s and early '60s, earning him the moniker The Chairman of the Board. The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th-century pitcher. He paced the American League in victories three times and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Whitey Ford has the most career wins in the history of the New York Yankees with 236?
I don't care what the situation was, how high the stakes were -- the bases could be loaded and the pennant riding on every pitch, it never bothered Whitey Ford. He pitched his game. Cool. Craft. Nerves of steel.
Mickey Mantle