Legendary New York Yankee Whitey Ford, the southpaw pitcher whose dominance during the 1950s and 1960s helped cement the Bronx Bombers as perennial champions, has died. He was 91.
The Yankees announced his death on their official Twitter page, calling Ford “one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber.”
The organization did not disclose the cause of death. It added that “he will be sorely missed.”
Ford spent his entire career with the franchise, where he won six World Series championships and named to 10 All-Star teams.
Nicknamed “Chairman of the Board,” Ford still holds the team record for most wins by a pitcher (236), with a career .690 winning percentage. In 1961, he also won the Cy Young Award, which honors the MLB’s top pitchers.
“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,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement.
“Whitey earned his status as the ace of some of the most memorable teams in our sport’s rich history,” Manfred continued. “Beyond the Chairman of the Board’s excellence on the mound, he was a distinguished ambassador for our National Pastime throughout his life. I extend my deepest condolences to Whitey’s family, his friends and admirers throughout our game, and all fans of the Yankees.”
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