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From Washington Heights To Flushing, Betances Comes Full Circle With Yankees

I have always admired teams that can scout and sign players who are truly home-grown. The Atlanta Braves are famous for doing this. Think Atlanta-born Jeff Francoer and, more recently, Athens-born Brian McCann. The Yankees have had much less success signing players from in and around New York City. There are a few, however. Two that come to mind are Lou Gehrig and Whitey Ford.  One...
Via Lady At The Bat
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankee Greats – Whitey Ford

Larry Noyes New York Yankees Writer My first six articles were on hitters. Lets look at a pitcher this time. Whitey Ford is arguably the greatest pitcher in Yankees history. Here’s a look at number 16. Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford was born October 21, 1928 in Astoria, NY, a section of Queens. He grew up in Astoria, just a few miles from Yankee Stadium. Whitey graduated from...
Via TopSportsReport
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Seventy-Nine Years Ago The Babe Came Back

On this date in 1935, George Herman Ruth came back to Boston—signing with the Braves. After being released by The Evil Ones, the Babe embarked on his final year wearing a Boston uniform. He hit his last six home runs as a Brave—clouting three (including his 714th) in one game in May. That final blast is said to be the longest home run ever hit in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field...
Via FenwayNation
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Pettitte Passes Whitey Ford, Becomes Yankees’ All-Time Strikeout Leader (Video)

Andy Pettitte has had a great career, with 250 regular-season wins to show for it, and another 19 during the playoffs. The longtime Yankee is doing it again at age 41, as a serviceable starting pitcher on a New York team ravaged by injuries. For all the great accomplishments in Pettitte’s distinguished career, however, perhaps none are more impressive than the mark he attained...
July 02, 2013  |  Discuss


Today, as baseball celebrates Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium, America will be treated to a symbolic duel between its two top “Whiteys,” assuming we exclude that crazy sheriff in Arizona. The Yankees will welcome the return of 84-year-old pitching legend Ed “Whitey” Ford, who was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974. Meanwhile, news outlets will recount...

On This Day in History | 1955

Ford beneath the Stadium lights in 1955 (Photo courtesy of the New York Times) On this day 58 years ago Whitey Ford single-handedly dismantled the Washington Senators in a 19-1 Opening Day rout at Yankee Stadium. The slick lefty baffled the boys from D.C., allowing just 2 hits and 1 run in a complete game victory, but the Chairman of the Board put on a show at the plate as well...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves fans are unhappy - Whitey Ford pelted with pretzels

Anyone see the "infield fly" in the bottom of the eighth inning in the National League Wildcard game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves? If you missed it, it was terrible. This created quite the competition at Turner Field, as Braves fans thought the NY Jets were holding quarterback tryouts and fans started throwing things on the field. Fortunately...
Via The Show Speak
October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 Spitters and Scuffers

Amid the Jose Valverde “spitball” controversy, I am reminded of times past and former players known for doctoring the baseball. It is an old pitchers’ trick to throw a ball that has been altered in some form or fashion. The purpose of doctoring the ball is to create extra movement on the pitch, which would give the pitcher an advantage over the hitter. If a ball is scuffed...
Via Reading Between The Seams
June 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Boys in the Hall: Whitey Ford

When you think of the history New York Yankees, the most storied franchise in baseball history, most fans will immediately think about the long line of sluggers and great hitters, with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly and Derek Jeter leading the way. When you think of the great Yankee pitchers, it’s hard to come up with a list...
Via The Scores Report
May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Reopening Will Clark’s Hall of Fame Case

It’s Hall of Fame debate season, so now seems like as good a time as any to reopen Will Clark’s Hall of Fame case for discussion. Clark was on the ballot back in 2006 when he received 23 votes (4.4% total), falling just short of the threshold necessary to remain on the ballot for the following year. His case isn’t rock-solid, but from a pure numbers standpoint, he’s worthy...
Via SF Giants Nirvana
January 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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