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October 3, 1965: Whitey Ford Becomes Yankees' Winningest Pitcher

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    October 3, 1965: Whitey Ford Becomes Yankees' Winningest Pitcher

    Remembering Whitey Ford, the winningest Yankee pitcher and World Series hero


    Whitey Ford becomes winningest Yankee...
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Whitey Ford went from the No. 4 pitcher on a great staff to the universally acclaimed No. 1 pitcher of the Yankees, becoming known as the "Chairman of the Board" for his ability to remain calm and in command during high-pressure situations. He was also known as "Slick" for his craftiness on the mound. Ford's guile was necessary because he did not have an overwhelming fastball, but being able to throw several other pitches very well gave him pinpoint control. Nonetheless, Ford was an effective strikeout pitcher for his time, tying the then-AL record for six consecutive strikeouts in 1956, and again in 1958. Ford pitched 2 consecutive one-hit games in 1955 to tie a record held by several pitchers. He never pitched a no-hitter."

    Spotlight on the Top 5 Winningest Pitchers in New York Yankees History [January 13, 2020]
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Founded in 1903 as the Highlanders, the New York Yankees are among the most successful professional sports franchises in North America. The team won its first World Series in 1923 and has since won an additional 26 championships, most recently in 2009."

    "New York's Major League Baseball (MLB) dominance has been supported by the performances of all-time great pitchers like Mariano Rivera, Whitey Ford, Andy Pettitte, Rich Gossage, and Mel Stottlemyre. In fact, 17 different pitchers have won at least 100 games for the Yankees. Below are the top five in that category:
    Whitey Ford (236 wins)...
    Red Ruffing (231 wins)...
    Andy Pettitte (219 wins)...
    Lefty Gomez (189 wins)...
    Ron Guidry (170 wins)...

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    "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

    Ford should have had a lot more wins. Stengel would not pitch him in a regular rotation which is why Whitey never won 20 games until Ralph Houck became his manager. Plus Ford lost 2 seasons to military service.