Whitey is Mighty
Hey baseball fans!
Today’s post is about one of my favorite players of all time. He is one of the only Yankee pitchers in the Hall of Fame, and he is considered one of the greatest clutch pitchers of all time. Ladies and gentleman, Whitey Ford!
Edward “Whitey” Ford was the best pitcher on the great Yankees teams from 1950 to 1967, earning him the nickname “The Chairman of the Board”. He was really good buddies with Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. Whitey was AL Rookie of the Year in 1950. The southpaw’s record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th-century pitcher! And his ERA was only 2.75. He would’ve had a bunch more wins, except that he was in the military for the 1951 and 1952 seasons in the Korean War. He led the AL in wins in three seasons and in ERA and shutouts twice. He was an eight time All Star.
The 1961 Cy Young Award and World Series MVP Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic, breaking Babe Ruth‘s record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
Whitey was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. That’s why I say Whitey is mighty!!
Thanks for reading.
Matt Nadel is a 13 year old baseball history kid blogger from Springfield, NJ who writes two baseball blogs under the name, Baseball with Matt. Matt started his original blog back in April 2012 when he saw that a lot of his friends didn’t know anything about baseball history and he thought that a blog would be a fun way to educate kids and adults about baseball history. After posting nearly 85 times, he was introduced to John Thorn, the official historian for MLB, and John liked Matt’s blog and arranged for Matt to have his own Pro Blog on MLB, making Matt the youngest Pro blogger on MLB.com. You can also follow Matt on Twitter @BaseballwMatt. Baseball with Matt is a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.