Whitey Ford
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Whitey Ford had a great baseball career with theYankee teams of the fifties and sixties. His lifetime pitching record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage of the twentieth century.

Whitey Ford paced the American League in victories three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic.

Whitey Ford never pitched in an ultimate game, though the Yankees played in seven during his career, which seems odd since his manager Casey Stengel often referred to him as the "money pitcher."

In 1955 Whitey Ford started and won Game One and was saved by Stengel and used in Game Six, where he also started and won ( a complete game four-hitter). In '56 he was rocked in Game One and came back on two days rest to win Game Three. Though he'd pitched just 12 innings in the two games, Casey held him back for the rest of the series as New York won in seven. In 1957 Ford out-dueled Warren Spahn to win Game One, lost Game Five, and was done for the series. In the seventh game of that series, Stengel used three starting pitchers in relief, but not Whitey. In 1958 Spahn beat Ford in Game One and Game Four, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. After Bob Turley won Game Five, Whitey returned on two days rest to start Game Six. He gave up a run in the first, and after loading the bases in the second inning (Spahn having singled off him), Whitey Ford was replaced. The Yankees came back to win the game in extra-innings but Ford was done. Two years later in 1960, Ford pitched shutouts in Game Three and Game Six, setting up the famous finale which New York lost. In 1962 under Ralph Houk, Ford started and won Game One against the Giants. Ralph Terry started Game Two, Bill Stafford Game Three and Whitey returned for Game Four. He pitched six innings and left the game tied. Seemingly set up to start Game Seven, Ford was brought back on one days rest to pitch Game Six, which the Yanks needed to nail down the title. He was obviously tired as he was knocked out in less than five innings, allowing nine hits and five earned runs. The loss forced a Game Seven, which Terry won. 



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