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Whitey Ford

Edward Charles Ford (The Chairman of the Board or Slick)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: October 21, 1928 in New York, NY
High School: Aviation Tech HS (New York, NY)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1947. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 1, 1950 (Age 21.253, 8,294th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Team: Yankees 1950-1967

Last Game: May 21, 1967 (Age 38.212)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1974 (284/365 ballots).
   View Whitey Ford Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1950 NYY AL 21 P 20 12 7 112.0 24 7 17 0 1 1.000 1.93 1.20 .950 2.03 1.99 2 2 50% 0 MVP-21,RoY-2
1953 NYY AL 24 P 32 30 11 207.0 44 8 35 1 3 .977 1.87 1.34 .957 1.95 1.93 4 12 75% 51% 2 MVP-20
1954 NYY AL 25 P 34 28 11 210.2 48 7 39 2 3 .958 1.97 1.35 .959 2.01 1.99 2 6 75% 48% 3 AS
1955 NYY AL 26 P 39 33 18 253.2 52 10 41 1 1 .981 1.81 1.31 .956 1.99 1.97 1 2 67% 47% 3 AS,MVP-15
1956 NYY AL 27 P 31 30 18 225.2 67 9 57 1 6 .985 2.63 2.13 .950 1.92 1.91 1 1 50% 44% 11 AS,CYA-3,MVP-12
1957 NYY AL 28 P 24 17 5 129.1 36 6 28 2 5 .944 2.37 1.42 .963 1.99 2.00 2 2 50% 47% 0 MVP-19
1958 NYY AL 29 P 30 29 15 219.1 57 7 44 6 2 .895 2.09 1.70 .963 1.95 1.93 0 7 100% 47% 6 AS
1959 NYY AL 30 P 35 29 9 204.0 65 15 49 1 5 .985 2.82 1.83 .955 2.05 2.03 0 3 100% 40% 3 AS
1960 NYY AL 31 P 33 29 8 192.2 51 12 38 1 2 .980 2.34 1.52 .967 1.96 1.95 3 4 57% 40% 4 AS
1961 NYY AL 32 P 39 39 11 283.0 62 12 45 5 5 .919 1.81 1.46 .954 2.05 2.02 0 3 100% 36% 4 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1962 NYY AL 33 P 38 37 7 257.2 86 25 58 3 4 .965 2.90 2.18 .958 2.08 2.07 2 4 67% 36% 2 MVP-26
1963 NYY AL 34 P 38 37 13 269.1 63 20 38 5 3 .921 1.94 1.53 .955 1.99 2.00 3 4 57% 33% 5 MVP-3
1964 NYY AL 35 P 39 36 12 244.2 66 18 47 1 2 .985 2.39 1.67 .957 1.90 1.89 0 1 100% 37% 4 AS,MVP-21
1965 NYY AL 36 P 37 36 9 244.1 60 7 53 0 4 1.000 2.21 1.62 .951 2.04 2.03 6 4 40% 34% 1
1966 NYY AL 37 P 22 9 0 73.0 37 7 26 4 2 .892 4.07 1.50 .952 1.98 1.98 4 0 0% 38% 3
1967 NYY AL 38 P 7 7 2 44.0 18 3 15 0 1 1.000 3.68 2.57 .957 1.96 1.96 0 0 0
16 Seasons P 498 438 156 3170.1 836 173 630 33 49 .961 2.28 1.61 .956 1.99 1.98 30 55 65% 40% 51
16 Seasons TOT 498 438 156 3170.1 836 173 630 33 49 .961 2.28 1.61 .956 1.99 1.98 30 55 65% 40% 51
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1950 NYY AL 21 P
1953 NYY AL 24 P
1954 NYY AL 25 P
1955 NYY AL 26 P
1956 NYY AL 27 P
1957 NYY AL 28 P
1958 NYY AL 29 P
1959 NYY AL 30 P
1960 NYY AL 31 P
1961 NYY AL 32 P
1962 NYY AL 33 P
1963 NYY AL 34 P
1964 NYY AL 35 P
1965 NYY AL 36 P
1966 NYY AL 37 P
1967 NYY AL 38 P
16 Seasons P
16 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1950 NYY AL 21 20 12 20 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 NYY AL 24 33 30 33 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1954 NYY AL 25 34 28 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 NYY AL 26 39 33 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 NYY AL 27 31 30 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 NYY AL 28 24 17 24 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 NYY AL 29 30 29 30 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 NYY AL 30 35 29 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 NYY AL 31 33 29 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 NYY AL 32 39 39 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 NYY AL 33 38 37 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 NYY AL 34 38 37 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 NYY AL 35 39 36 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 NYY AL 36 38 36 38 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1966 NYY AL 37 22 9 22 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 NYY AL 38 7 7 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 500 438 500 498 498 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1950 NYY AL 21 422 77% 24% 20 90% 0 5 2 2 17 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 100%
1953 NYY AL 24 856 77% 27% 39 85% 2 7 1 3 35 21 4 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 2 1 3 67%
1954 NYY AL 25 873 76% 24% 42 88% 1 7 1 5 38 29 4 2 0 0 2 0 3 2 3 0 9 78%
1955 NYY AL 26 1024 77% 27% 42 95% 1 10 1 7 41 29 4 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 7 86%
1956 NYY AL 27 919 77% 31% 58 88% 0 7 1 2 59 38 7 1 0 0 1 0 6 4 6 0 7 71%
1957 NYY AL 28 539 76% 32% 31 94% 2 5 1 3 28 17 7 2 0 1 1 1 5 4 4 1 2 100%
1958 NYY AL 29 872 78% 36% 51 84% 1 7 1 5 48 35 4 6 0 3 3 3 2 2 2 0 6 67%
1959 NYY AL 30 878 79% 36% 53 94% 1 16 4 10 50 37 6 1 0 0 1 1 5 4 4 1 9 100%
1960 NYY AL 31 797 83% 35% 40 90% 1 13 2 10 38 25 6 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 8 75%
1961 NYY AL 32 1159 76% 30% 56 82% 1 12 1 9 48 36 7 5 0 0 5 2 5 5 5 0 7 29%
1962 NYY AL 33 1071 80% 34% 70 89% 2 26 7 16 56 41 7 3 0 1 2 2 4 3 4 0 8 63%
1963 NYY AL 34 1068 79% 34% 42 86% 0 20 3 14 39 24 6 5 0 0 5 1 3 2 2 1 3 67%
1964 NYY AL 35 995 78% 38% 54 94% 2 21 1 14 51 42 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 10 80%
1965 NYY AL 36 1000 81% 30% 54 98% 0 6 2 3 52 40 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 0 8 100%
1966 NYY AL 37 318 82% 33% 28 89% 2 7 2 3 26 17 1 4 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 6 100%
1967 NYY AL 38 173 84% 34% 16 100% 0 3 0 2 15 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 100%
16 Seasons 12964 78% 32% 696 90% 16 172 30 108 641 457 76 33 0 8 25 11 49 36 43 6 97 78%
MLB Averages 80% 27% 89% 82%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1973 BBWAA (67.1%)
1974 BBWAA (77.8%)
Selected to HOF in 1974 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1950 AL (21, 2%)
1953 AL (20, 2%)
1955 AL (15, 6%)
1956 AL (12, 10%)
1957 AL (19, 1%)
1961 AL (5, 36%)
1962 AL (26, 2%)
1963 AL (3, 45%)
1964 AL (21, 2%)
1.06 Career Shares (236th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1956 ML (3, 6%)
1961 ML (1, 50%)
1 Cy Young
0.56 Career Shares (99th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1962 AL  25 (2nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1956 AL  57 (2nd)
1958 AL  44 (3rd)
1959 AL  49 (2nd)
1960 AL  38 (5th)
1961 AL  45 (5th)
1962 AL  58 (2nd)
1964 AL  47 (4th)
1965 AL  53 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1958 AL  6 (1st)
1961 AL  5 (1st)
1963 AL  5 (3rd)
1966 AL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1956 AL  2.63 (3rd)
1958 AL  2.09 (5th)
1959 AL  2.82 (4th)
1960 AL  2.34 (2nd)
1962 AL  2.90 (2nd)
1964 AL  2.39 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1956 AL  2.13 (3rd)
1958 AL  1.70 (3rd)
1959 AL  1.83 (5th)
1960 AL  1.52 (4th)
1962 AL  2.18 (2nd)
1964 AL  1.67 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1956 AL  .985 (4th)
1965 AL  1.000 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1966 AL  born 1928-10-21 (7th)
1967 AL  born 1928-10-21 (6th)

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Name and misspellings: The Chairman of the Board Edward Charles of Slick Chairman Board The Whitey whity Ford

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