Former New York Yankees pitcher Edward Charles ‘Whitey’ Ford has passed away at his home in Lake Success at the age of 91.
His club reports that the legendary pitcher fell asleep on Thursday-evening while watching the 5-1 game of the Yankees against Tampa Bay Rays in the semifinals of the American League of Major League Baseball.
Ford played for the Yankees throughout his career, from July 1950 to May 1967. It was an extremely glorious period for the Bronx Bombers, who, with Ford in their ranks, won the World Series six times (1950, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961 and 1962).
As a result of the Korean War, the conscript Ford missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons, in which the title also went to the Yankees.
Record after record
Of all MLB pitchers of the last century, Ford has the highest win rate, with 236 wins against 106 defeats. The lefthanded pitcher didn’t have a devastating fastball, but his versatility and unlikely precision made him particularly difficult to hit.