By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New York Yankees legend Whitey Ford (born Edward Charles Ford) has passed away. He was 91.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The Associated Press is reporting that Ford passed away on Thursday night in Long Island.
“Today all of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Whitey Ford, a New York City native who became a legend for his hometown team,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “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.”
He passed away just 12 days before his 92nd birthday. He was famously known as “The Chairman of the Board.”
Ford is the Yankees all-time wins leader. He is also a Baseball Hall of Famer and a six-time Champion.
The New York native began his career with the Yankees as a 21-year-old on July 1, 1950. His Hall of Fame career came to a close on May 21, 1967 as a 38-year-old.
He also missed two seasons in 1951 and 1952 due to serving in the military.
Ford was 236-106 in his 16-year career in 498 games, including 438 games. He completed 156 games, 45 shutouts, and 11 saves.
He pitched 3,170 1/2 innings in his historic career.
“The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford,” the Yankees said on Twitter. “Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x World Series 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.”
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