The left-hander — nicknamed “The Chairman of the Board” by
batterymate Elston Howard — went 236-106 with a 2.75 ERA during
his 16 years with New York, winning his only Cy Young Award in
1961. Ford, whose .690 winning percentage is the highest of any
pitcher with at least 150 victories in the modern era, was
inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
“I grew up on Long Island, not too far from Yankee Stadium,” Ford
said during his Hall of Fame induction. “I was a Yankee fan since
I was five or six years old. To think when I was 21 years old I’d
be playing with [Joe] DiMaggio and [Yogi] Berra against guys like
Stan Musial and Roy Campanella, it’s just something I can’t
fathom. It’s just been great.” […]
Ford pitched in 11 World Series during his 16 seasons, winning six
rings. His 10 World Series victories remain the most of any
pitcher in history.
Methodical on the mound, Ford was irrepressible off it. He joined
with Mantle and Billy Martin for late nights on the town,
inspiring Stengel to call them the Three Musketeers. Mantle, too,
entered the Hall of Fame in 1974, and at the induction ceremony he
was asked about the chemistry behind the friendship between him,
the country boy from Oklahoma, and Ford, who grew up on the
streets of Queens. “We both liked Scotch,” he said.