Ford died today at the age of 91. He played from 1950-1967, playing his entire career with the Yankees.
During his career, Whitey Ford was a six-time world series champion and a 10-time All-Star. He also won World Series MVP in 1961. Ford led the MLB in earned run average twice and led the American League in wins three times.
Whitey Ford retired in 1967 after pitching one final start, lasting just one inning.
In 1974, Ford became a member of the National Baseball Hall Of Fame. That same year, the Yankees retired his number 16. Currently, he has a plaque dedicated to him in Monument Park.
He was a regular attendee at Old-Timers Day for the Yankees.
The Yankees made this statement:
“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.”
To fans, Ford is undoubtedly known as the greatest pitcher in the history of the Yankee franchise.
I have one message for the Yankees. Win tonight’s game in honor of Whitey.