MLB Legend Whitey Ford Dead at 91, Best Yankees Pitcher Ever
1:03 p.m. PT – Owner of the Yankees Hal steinbrenner issued a statement on Ford’s death, saying … “Whitey’s name and achievements are forever etched in the fabric of baseball’s rich history. He was a treasure and one of the greatest Yankees to ever wear the stripes. “
“Beyond the accolades that have earned him his rightful place within the walls of the Hall of Fame, he embodied in many ways the spirit of the Yankees teams for whom he played and represented for nearly two decades.”
1:00 p.m. PT – Commish MLB Rob manfred also addressed Whitey’s passing, saying Ford was not just a legend on the mound, but a great representative of the game of baseball.
Today, all of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Whitey Ford, a New York native who became a legend for his hometown team. Whitey has earned his status as ace of some of the top teams. most memorable in the rich history of our sport. “
“Beyond the excellence of the chairman of the board on the mound, he has been a distinguished ambassador of our national pastime throughout his life. I offer my deepest condolences to Whitey’s family, friends and fans throughout our game, and to all Yankees fans.
Whitey Ford – widely regarded as the Yankees’ greatest starting pitcher of all time – has died at 91, the team confirms.
We are told that Ford died Thursday at his home in New York.
The Yankees issued a statement saying the team were “incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.”
“Whitey has spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. 6x WS and 10x All-Star champion, the chairman of the board was one of the best lefties to ever play the game. He will be sorely missed.”
Ford made his MLB debut in 1950 – but took time away from the game to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1952.
He returned to the Yankees in 1953 and played until 1967 – racking up a career record 236-106 with an ERA of 2.75 and 1,956 strikeouts. Unreal.
Ford – who was born and raised in New York City – was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, along with his teammate. Mickey coat.
The Yankees retired Ford’s No.16 jersey that same year.
Ford is survived by his wife Joan (they married in 1951) and their two children Eddie and Sally ann. They had a third child, Tommy, died in 1999.
Last week another legend from the MLB pitch Bob Gibson deceased at the age of 84. Gibson is also a Hall of Famer and considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time.
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