Edward Charles Ford Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1974 Primary team: New York Yankees Primary position: Pitcher
Hall of Fame election in 1974 following his 16-year big league career with the NY Yankees.
Ford quickly rose through the minor leagues – surfacing in New York in the summer of 1950. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Ford quickly established himself in a Yankee rotation filled with veterans like Vic Raschi, Eddie Lopat and Allie Reynolds. In 20 games, Ford went 9-1 with a 2.81 earned-run average and finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
He suffered through his only two losing seasons in 1966 and 1967, posting a combined 4-9 record while battling injuries. When he retired before the 1968 season, Ford’s final mark was 236-106 – good for a .690 winning percentage that is the best among modern pitchers with at least 150 victories.
In the postseason, Ford was 10-8 with a 2.71 ERA. He set a record with a stretch of 33 1/3 shutout innings and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player in 1961.