William Charles Stafford
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 193 lb.
- High School Coxsackie-Athens High School
- Debut April 17, 1960
- Final Game September 19, 1967
- Born August 13, 1938 in Catskill, NY USA
- Died September 19, 2001 in Canton Township, MI USA
Bill Stafford had a terrific first three years in the majors, but then struggled with an arm injury.
Signed by the New York Yankees in 1957, he came up to the parent team in 1960 to go 3-1, and pitched 6 innings in the 1960 World Series. In 1961 and 1962, he went 14-9 each year, and was in the World Series each of those years as well. His lifetime ERA in 21 2/3 innings of World Series play was 2.08, and he won Game 3 of the 1962 World Series.
He is remembered as the winning pitcher in the 1961 game when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run.
After 1962, his career was up-and-down. The best season in the rest of his career was 1964 when he went 5-0 with 4 saves, starting only 1 of his 31 appearances. He did not make an appearance in the 1963 or 1964 World Series.