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Old 10-09-2020, 02:20 PM   #1
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Whitey Ford Passes at 91

He honed his craft playing on the sandlots of Astoria, Queens - my old stomping grounds in the early 60's when I worked every summer as a counsellor at the Boys Club of Queens. RIP.

https://apnews.com/article/sports-ml...d50305d08b38bf
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Old 10-09-2020, 05:22 PM   #2
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One Fabulous pitcher. Cy Young, All Star 6 times, WS champ.

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Old 10-09-2020, 07:45 PM   #3
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Old 10-09-2020, 11:22 PM   #4
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2020 has been brutal in many ways, but especially in losing our heros:

Kaline
Seaver
Brock
Gibson
Sayers
Ford

That is six HOFs. Great athletes and by all accounts great people too.
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He loved to cuss. Saw him a couple times at appearances and every other word was a cuss word. Especially when talked about pitching today. Bob Feller the same way
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Old 10-10-2020, 07:32 AM   #6
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Today's MPH-obsessed scouts wouldn't give Ford a second look, but all he did was win.

As an aside, another casualty to today's social justice nonsense is the loss of the nickname "Whitey" for tow-headed kids, particularly those with athletic talent, for whom it was a natural tag. I doubt we'll ever see another "Whitey" like Ford, Herzog or even Bulger.
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R.I.P. Whitey Ford... Mr. Ford and Moose Skowron (Bill Skowron) many years ago spoke at my father's inauguration into the Iowa Baseball coaches Hall of Fame. A Total Class Act of a Man in every sense of the word and a Legendary Pitcher. Many heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.
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Crafty pitcher. RIP

How that liver lasted 91 years, we'll never know
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Crafty pitcher. RIP

How that liver lasted 91 years, we'll never know
Compared to Mickey and Billy he was a lightweight.

Slick knew when to stop.
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Google Tim Roberts interviews Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra. Itís on You Tube.
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Google Tim Roberts interviews Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra. Itís on You Tube.
That should be Tim Russet.
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When you think of the Yankees of 1920-1964, all the hitters stand out. Ford was one of the few pitchers in that long era of dominance that stood toe to toe with the Ruths, DiMaggios and Mantles.
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When you think of the Yankees of 1920-1964, all the hitters stand out. Ford was one of the few pitchers in that long era of dominance that stood toe to toe with the Ruths, DiMaggios and Mantles.
You are so right. I hadn't really thought about it but yes, when we talked about those great teams we never mentioned any pitchers, only those many great and very good hitters. Of course they had very good pitching. They were not going to win all those pennants with no pitching. I guess when your team is giving you more runs it makes it a little easier. They won plenty of one run games too. Ford was a great pitcher for sure. RIP Whitey.
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You are so right. I hadn't really thought about it but yes, when we talked about those great teams we never mentioned any pitchers, only those many great and very good hitters. Of course they had very good pitching. They were not going to win all those pennants with no pitching. I guess when your team is giving you more runs it makes it a little easier. They won plenty of one run games too. Ford was a great pitcher for sure. RIP Whitey.
The great pitching was always there. 1927, the 110 win season, and what many consider the greatest team ever, was eons ahead of it's time with a true, real life closer in Wilcy Moore, a true 8th and 9th inning specialist that recorded 19 saves in 1927, an unheard of number, and concept, for that period.

The runs scored over those years didn't hurt. Some of those offenses were overwhelming and would naturally cast a huge shadow over the pitching staffs.
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