Whitey Ford Stats and Standouts: 6 Times the Yankee Pitcher Made History

New York Yankees great Whitey Ford has died at 91. The team announced his death on Friday.

The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/2KDi4V9SeA

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 9, 2020

MLB commissioner Robert Manfred mourned Ford's loss in a statement. "Whitey earned his status as the ace of some of the most memorable teams in our sport's rich history. Beyond the Chairman of the Board's excellence on the mound, he was a distinguished ambassador for our National Pastime throughout his life. I extend my deepest condolences to Whitey's family, his friends and admirers throughout our game, and all fans of the Yankees," the commissioner said.

Edward Charles Ford played 16 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, beginning in 1950, only to serve two years in the military before returning in 1953. The left-handed pitcher won 236 of the games he pitched and had a career ERA of 2.75.

Looking at his Baseball Reference page, Ford was a force to be reckoned with on the mound during his career.

Six-Time World Series Winner

Ford pitched for the Yankees in 11 of their World Series appearances between 1950 and 1964. The team took home championship wins in six of those appearances. His total World Series pitching wins were 10, and his ERA for the World Series was 2.71. Ford's prowess in the World Series earned him the nickname "The Chairman of the Board."

10-Time All Star

According to Major League Baseball, Ford was a 10-time American League All Star, making the team for the first time in 1954 and making his last appearance on it a decade later in 1964.

Seasons Leading the American League

Whitey led the American League in wins in both 1955 and 1963 with 18 and 24 wins, respectively. In 1963, he also led the league with the highest win-loss percentage with .774 as well as games started (37) and innings pitched (269.1).

Leading Pitcher in 1961

In 1961, Ford led not only the American League but the entire major league in wins (25), win-loss percentage (.862), games finished (39), innings pitched (283), and batters faced (1159). In 1961, the Yankees won the World Series, and Ford was also named the Most Valuable Player. That same year, he also won the Cy Young Award.

Hall of Fame Induction

For his accomplishments, he was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, just seven years after he retired. According to The New York Times, Ford was the second oldest living Hall of Famer behind 93-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.

Yankees Retired Number

The same year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Yankees also retired Ford's number 16, immortalizing him in Yankee Stadium alongside other greats, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Yogi Berra.

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Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford during the first game of the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in 1961. Getty/Bettmann