Another one of the greats of baseball is gone.
Former New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford died Friday at age 91, according to the Associated Press and other reports.
He pitched for the team for 16 seasons, from 1950 to 1967.
Over that time, he had 236 wins and an ERA of 2.75. That includes six World Series titles.
The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/2KDi4V9SeA
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 9, 2020
“Today all of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Whitey Ford, a New York City native who became a legend for his hometown team, Whitey earned his status as the ace of some of the most memorable teams in our sport’s rich history,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
He continued, “Beyond the Chairman of the Board’s excellence on the mound, he was a distinguished ambassador for our National Pastime throughout his life.”
Ford received the double honor of being named World Series MVP and receiving the American League Cy Young Award in 1961.
In 1974, the MLB inducted him into the Baseball Hall of Fame.