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October 8, 1961 Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record in the World Series

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    October 8, 1961 Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record in the World Series

    Whitey Ford Interview - Times Talk:


    Excerpts from the article:

    "Babe Ruth built his legendary Hall of Fame career from the strength of his bat. One of his longest-standing records, however, was set on the pitcher’s mound."
    "Before he became the Sultan of Swat, Ruth was considered one of baseball’s best left-handed pitchers. Ruth’s less-heralded prowess as a hurler was a surprise to another Yankees Hall of Famer, pitcher Whitey Ford."
    "“I had thought he was a lousy pitcher who they made into a hitter,” Ford told reporters in 1961. “I looked at the Baseball Encyclopedia one day and was stunned at what I found out.”
    "In the days leading up to Oct. 8, 1961, Whitey Ford was suddenly answering a lot of questions about Babe Ruth. That’s because Ford was on the doorstep of breaking Ruth’s record for pitching 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series – a record the Babe had held for 43 years."
    "The stage was set in Game 4 on Oct. 8 at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. The Reds looked to tie the series at two games apiece, but Ford had other plans. Needing to throw three innings of scoreless baseball to break Ruth’s record, Ford proceeded to throw five shutout innings and lead the Yankees to a 7-0 victory."
    "Ford retired an additional five batters to begin Game 1 of the 1962 World Series to cap his scoreless streak at 33 2/3 innings. Ford’s overall winning percentage of .690 stands as the best in baseball’s modern era."
    MLB Network remembers Whitey Ford"
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Stopping them in their tracks 1961...Ford set a Major League record by pitching 243 consecutive innings without allowing a stolen base. This reaffirmed that the "Chairman of the Board," as Ford was nicknamed, rarely beat himself."
    "Ford gained election to the Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility as he captured 77.8 percent of the vote (75 percent is needed for induction). That was up from the 67.1 percent he received in 1973, his first year on the ballot.
    Whitey Ford: (Biography)
    Excerpts from the article:

    "No compilation of baseball’s all-time top left-handed pitchers is complete without Whitey Ford. Indeed, he is near or at the top of any worthwhile list. His 236 wins made him the winningest pitcher in the storied history of the New York Yankees. He incurred only 106 defeats, giving him a lifetime winning percentage of .690, the highest for major-league pitchers with more than 200 victories post-1900. His lifetime road winning percentage of .695 is also the highest in baseball history for pitcher with at least 100 road decisions."
    "Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford was born in New York City on October 21, 1928. He was the only child of Jim and Edna Ford, who lived on 66th Street in Manhattan. When Whitey was 5, the family moved to 34th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, an Irish, Polish, and Italian neighborhood."
    "As a child, Ford played baseball and stickball in the summer, football in the fall, and roller hockey in the winter. During the summers, Ford and his friends played sandlot baseball until dark on fields next to the Madison Square Garden Bowl, about a mile from his neighborhood. Closer to home, Ford and buddies played stickball against a wall using a rubber spaldeen and a broomstick."
    "Ford played on his first organized baseball team when he was 13 after several of the neighborhood fathers got together and bought uniforms for their sons. They called themselves the Thirty-fourth Avenue Boys and stayed together for five years."
    "He started Game Four and broke the Babe’s record after holding the Reds scoreless in the first three innings. He followed with two more scoreless innings before fouling a ball off his foot in the top of the sixth, forcing him to leave a game the Yankees went on to win, 7-0. Afterwards, referring to his breaking Babe Ruth’s scoreless streak and Roger Maris’ surpassing Ruth’s home record, Ford quipped, “It’s been a bad year for the Babe.”65 For his efforts, he was named the World Series MVP."
    "After he retired, Ford freely admitted doctoring the baseball late in his career when he’d lost a little off his fastball and slider. He claimed he couldn’t master the spitball but developed a mud ball with the help of Lew Burdette from the National League Braves. According to Johnny Blanchard, one of the Yankee catchers in the early 60’s, it was a devastating pitch that Ford only threw with two strikes on a hitter. He also learned how to scuff the ball and even had a jeweler make him a ring with a rasp on it, so he could cut the baseball. Elston Howard, often his catcher in his later years, also sometimes scuffed the baseball on his shin guards and in recent years a game-used Whitey Ford glove has appeared in the memorabilia market with a tack hole in the pocket. He also became very adept at pitching in front of the rubber by obscuring it in dirt and then starting his motion several inches in front of it. In his autobiography he wrote, “Talk about adding a yard to your fastball.”
    "Later in life, Ford faced some hardships. In 1995 he had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his head and suffered a recurrence in 2000, causing him to miss his first Yankee spring training in 49 years. In 1999 his youngest son, Thomas, died of a heart condition. He was only 44 years old."
    "At 5’10”, one of just three pitchers in the Hall of Fame born since 1900 who were under six feet tall. His self-confidence and ability more than made up for his lack of stature. Mickey Mantle said about his old running buddy, “Line up all the pitchers in the world in front of me, and give me first choice, and I’d pick Whitey.” Casey Stengel expressed similar sentiments when he said, “If you had one game to win and your life depended on it, you’d want [Ford] to pitch it.”
    "Ford died at the age of 91 on October 8, 2020, surrounded by family while watching a Yankees playoff game at his home in the town of Lake Success on Long Island."
    Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, New York Yankees' all-time wins leader, dies at age 91:
    (NOTE: Whitey Ford died October 8th, 2020)
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Ford's status as the best pitcher on the best team was exemplified by his marks in the World Series, where he was chosen as a Game 1 starter eight times. His 10 World Series victories are the most for any pitcher, and he pitched 33⅔ consecutive scoreless innings in World Series play, breaking a record set by Babe Ruth. He also still holds records for World Series starts (22), innings pitched (146) and strikeouts (94)."
    "Whitey Ford, a Hall of Famer for the New York Yankees who won more World Series games than any other pitcher, died at the age of 91, the Yankees announced Friday."
    "Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "He was a treasure, and one of the greatest of Yankees to ever wear the pinstripes. Beyond the accolades that earned him his rightful spot within the wall of the Hall of Fame, in so many ways he encapsulated the spirit of the Yankees teams he played for and represented for nearly two decades."
    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson