Whitey Ford They called Ford "The Chairman of the Board" for good reason. He was for more than a decade the star pitcher of a team that operated with corporate efficiency, and his intelligence and confidence were on display whenever he was on the mound. In contrast to pitchers who dominated hitters with overpowering physical abilities, the 5'10" 180-lb lefthander controlled games with his mastery of the mental aspects of pitching and pinpoint control. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Full Name: Edward Charles (The Chairman of the Board) Ford Birth Date: October 21, 1928 Birth Place: New York, New York Height: 5'10" Weight: 178 Threw: Left Position: Pitcher His rookie season with the Yankees (1950) he won 9 games and lost only 1. He was known to be very confident in his own abilities. He led the American League in wins three times. He won 236 games in his career and lost 106 for a .690 winning percentage, which ranks him third on the all time list. He broke Babe Ruth's record of 29 consecutive scoreless innings pitched when he threw 33 and 2/3 shutout innings. He holds eight World Series pitching records: wins (10), losses (8), games pitched (22), games started (22), innings pitched (146), hits (132), walks (34), most series played by pitcher (11), and strikeouts (94). He is also ranked second in shutouts with 3, and fourth in complete games with 7. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. Yankees retired his number (#16). He has the most wins for the Yankees (236), most strike outs for the Yankees (1,956), most shutouts for the Yankees (45), and most pitching appearances (498). He has appeared on more World Series teams as a pitcher than any other (11 Yankee teams). He also started 22 W.S. games which is a record. He won 10 and lost 8 which is the most by any pitcher. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, Ford has the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the modern era.