Yankees Legend Whitey Ford Dies At 91

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Legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford passed away Friday, according to a statement issued by the New York Yankees. “The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber,” the Yankees said on Twitter. “He will be deeply missed.”

Ford spent 16 years as a Yankee and won six World Series over that span. He was a ten-time all-star who finished with 236 wins and a Cy Young in 1961. The Chairman was the Yankees game one World Series pitcher in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964. It was during that 1961 Cy Young Award season when he threw 14 scoreless innings and won World Series MVP.

“Guess how my spouse greeted me,” Ford said to the media after breaking Babe Ruth’s World Series scoreless innings streak during the 1961 series. “‘Why haven’t you asked me to join you in Cincinnati?’ she wanted to know. Never mentioned anything about the ball game. Just like a wife, huh?” Ford joked to the New York media.

Ford served in the Army from 1951 to 1952 during the Korean War. The story goes that Ford obtained a 13-day furlough after serving five months in the military and used the time to marry Joan Foran on April 14,1951. They celebrated 69 years of marriage in April.

It was the wedding reception when Ford met rookie Mickey Mantle for the first time. Joe DiMaggio and other Yankees players brought 19-year-old Mantle along for the celebration. That started a lifelong friendship.

“My family lost a great friend and a truly wonderful person,” Ford said of Mantle after his passing in 1995. “Now that both Mickey and Billy [Martin] are gone, I’ll never have friends like them again in my life.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. I don’t think I can recall in the 55 years that I’ve been around seeing a stretch of All Time Great athletes pass away. Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Gale Sayers and now Whitey Ford………RIP to Whitey and to all the greats we’ve lost in such a short period of time.

  2. I remember my first time seeing a game at The (Yankee) Stadium. It was 1961. I was 11. Whitey pitched a shut out and Mickey hit a home run.

    Still my favorite baseball memory of all time. RIP, Whitey. Now you can join Mickey, Yogi, The Moose, The Scooter and Roger on that great Yankees team in heaven. 🙏😎

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