Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Ford passed away Thursday at the age of 91. The Yankees announced the news Friday morning:
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
Ford, who spent all 16 seasons of his career with the Yankees, was 13 days short of his 92nd birthday at the time of his passing.
Ford was a 10-time All-Star, won six World Series with the Bronx Bombers, and won the AL Cy Young Award in 1961. He had a 2.75 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, 1,956 strikeouts, and 1,086 walks over 3,170.1 career innings. His No. 16 is retired by the Yankees, and he has a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
Baseball has now lost four legends in recent months, with Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, and Bob Gibson, and now Ford passing away. It’s been a sad year overall with regard to losing living legends, as Tigers great Al Kaline also passed away in early April.