Whitey Ford remained close to baseball after he stopped pitching in 1967. The following season he joined the Yankee coaching staff as first-base coach for skipper Ralph Houk.
He then left the game for a few years to pursue investment opportunities. New York owner George Steinbrenner along with General Manager Gabe Paul offered Ford the position of pitching coach in 1974. Whitey jumped at the chance.
It was a special season for Ford. The Yankees retired his jersey number 16. He became the 7th member of the franchise and the first pitcher so honored. The same year Ford was elected to Cooperstown along with friend Mickey Mantle.
Whitey returned as pitching coach in ’75. While pitching batting practice in May, Ford became dizzy and later collapsed. Though he was eventually given a clean bill of health, Ford left his coaching career for good.
Two years later in 1977, Ford tried his hand at announcing with a one-year stint the expansion Toronto Blue Jays.
In 1987 Ford and fellow Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez were honored with a plaque at Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.
In the collection is this check signed by the the 1961 Cy Young and MVP. The check is made payable to Southern Bell.
At the bottom of the check, he writes the more legal, “Edward Ford” on the check drawn on July 6, 1989. After the passing of his battery mate Yogi Berra, Ford shouldered the title of “Greatest Living Yankee”. He passed away in 2020 at the age of 91.
My favorite Whitey Ford story goes something like this: The first time Whitey was brought to Yankee Stadium shortly after being signed one of the coaches brought him over to introduce him to Yogi Berra. The coach said, Eddie Ford, I’d like to introduce you to Larry Berra. Whitey went on to say that was the last time either of us were ever called Eddie or Larry in Yankee Stadium.
Vistió la franela de los Venados de Mazatlán en la Liga de la Costa del Pacífico, antecedente invernal, de la hoy Liga Arco Mexicana del Pacífico. en la década de los años 50s. Dejando números impresionantes y quedando campeón con este equipo.