Whitey Ford, a Hall of Famer for the New York Yankees, who won more World Series games than any other pitcher, one of the most talented pitchers in baseball history, who helped lead the Yankees to a string of World Series wins in the 1950s and ’60s, has died at the age of 91, the Yankees announced Friday.
The famous left-handed pitcher died at his home in Long Island Thursday night, a family member told The Associated Press. The cause of death was not immediately known. Whitey Ford was born October 21, 1928, in Astoria, N.Y. and passed away on October 8, 2020 in Long Island, N.Y.
The World Series record book is crowded with Ford’s accomplishments. His string of 33 consecutive scoreless innings from 1960-62 broke a record of 29 2-3 innings set by Babe Ruth. He still holds records for World Series games and starts (22), innings pitched (146), wins (10) and strikeouts (94).
Ford won the Cy Young Award and World Series Most Valuable Player in 1961. He was elected to the Baseball of Fame in 1974. His career record was 236-106, a winning percentage of .690, with 1,956 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.75. He was a 10 time All-Star and played his entire career from 1950-1967 with the Yankees.