Whitey Ford: A Biography

Whitey Ford: A Biography

by Miles Coverdale


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Called the “Chairman of the Board” because of his remarkable control in big-money games, Eddie “Whitey” Ford still holds the record for World Series wins (10), and was Casey Stengel’s ace during much of the Yankees’ historic mid-century pennant streak. Off the mound, Whitey’s carousing with Mickey Mantle was legendary, and he, in many ways, symbolizes the excesses and good fortunes of the Yankees during that era—living hard and winning often.
This book delves into the life and baseball career of Whitey Ford, the Hall of Fame left-hander who helped the Yankees win 11 pennants and six world championships. After a childhood on the New York sandlots, he quickly worked his way through the Yankees farm system and, when called up in 1950, won nine straight in a pennant race and then won the final game of the World Series sweep of the Phillies. He would go on to pitch for 16 seasons—all of them with New York—and retire as the winningest pitcher in franchise history. His story is detailed here with a generous helping of play-by-play action and personal anecdotes. Seven appendices offer Ford’s career statistics and compare him to other great pitchers, past and present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786425143
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/10/2006
Pages: 249
Sales rank: 672,431
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Miles Coverdale, Jr., lives in Spring Hill, Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1: Growing up on the Sandlots 3

2: Making the Majors 8

3: Back from the Army 19

4: “Next Year” Unfortunately Arrives 36

5: Chasing Twenty Wins 53

6: Ford vs. Spahn 72

7: A Great Season Interrupted by Injuries 87

8: A Disappointing Season 102

9: Pirates Steal Series, with Help from Stengel 108

10: Ford Finally Wins Twenty 123

11: Another Near No-Hitter and Another Title 144

12: Ford vs. Koufax 161

13: Chasing Ruth Again 175

14: End of an Era 194

15: Where Ford Ranks 211

Appendices 219

Chapter Notes 229

Bibliography 233

Index 235

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