Edward “Whitey” Ford

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Edward Charles Ford

Japanese: ホワイティー・フォード, Korean: 화이티 포드
Also Known As: ""The Chairman of the Board"", "“Slick”", "Ervin Charles Paulke", "Whitey"
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: October 08, 2020 (91)
His home, Lake Success, Nassau County, New York, United States (While watching a Yankee game )
Immediate Family:

Biological son of Edwin Charles Paulke and Edith Christina Josefina “Edna” Ford
Adopted son of James Joseph “Jim” Ford
Husband of Joan Ford
Father of Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Baseball pitcher
Managed by: Erica Howton (limited availability)
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About Edward “Whitey” Ford

Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford (October 21, 1928 – October 8, 2020), nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board", was an American professional baseball pitcher who played his entire 16-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the New York Yankees. He was a ten-time All-Star and six-time World Series champion. In 1961, he won both the Cy Young Award and World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

“Whitey Ford Biography”

  • FULL NAME: Edward Charles (The Chairman of the Board) Ford
  • BORN: October 21, 1928 New York, New York
  • DIED: October 8, 2020, at his home in Lake Success on Long Island at the age of 91.

Edward "Whitey" Ford was born 10 days before Halloween in 1928. The best costume for him while growing up would have been that of a Hall of Fame pitcher, an outfit he eventually grew into quite well. As the backbone of the famed New York Yankees’ dynasty teams of the 1950s and 1960s, Whitey Ford set record after record with every pitch.

1946, after a bidding war surfaced between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants, the New York Yankees gladly snatched up the rights to Ford with a hefty $7,000 signing bonus. After four years of climbing the ladder in the Yankee farm system, Ford earned a spot in the big league bullpen in 1953 (Whitey missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons when he was drafted for military duty for the Korean War). It did not take him long to pitch his way into the starting rotation where he finished the season with an impressive 9-1 record and a 2.81 ERA. He ended his rookie season on a high note, winning the decisive fourth game of the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies, becoming the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game.

Over the course of his 15-year career, Whitey Ford compiled a 236-106 record, the second best winning percentage in the history of the game at .690. In 1953, Ford’s career took a two-year hiatus when he was drafted for military duty to serve in the Korean War. When he returned in 1955, he was a model of consistency, posting large numbers of innings pitched and continuing to win a high percentage of his games. In 1961, Ford finished the season with a 25-4 mark, two World Series victories, and the Cy Young award. He holds numerous records, many of which came at the most crucial of times in World Series competition. He is the World Series leader with 94 strikeouts and holds the all-time record with 10 wins. Ironically, Ford is also the leader with 8 losses in World Series games.

In 1964, Whitey Ford was named the Yankees’ pitcher/coach, and after battling arm problems, he retired from playing in 1967. He remains the only Yankee pitcher in history to have his number retired by the organization. In 1974, Ford was given baseball’s greatest honor by being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whitey Ford can currently be found on the spring training diamond coaching some of today’s Yankee pitching prospects.


  • Parents: Only child of James Ford and Edith Johnson. His biological father was Edwin Charles Paulke.
  • Wife: He married his longtime girlfriend and neighbor, Joan Foran, on April 14, 1951.
  • Children: Sally Ann, Eddie and Tommy. Eddie was a number one draft pick of the Red Sox but never got to the big leagues. Tommy, tragically, died in 1999, after being bitten by a tick in the Hamptons.
  • Eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.


  • “ New York Yankees mourn the passing for Edward Charles 'Whitey' Ford” MLB.com. “ The New York Yankees mourn the passing of Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford -- one of the greatest players to ever put on the pinstripes -- who passed away peacefully at age 91 at his home in Lake Success, N.Y., surrounded by his wife of 69 years, Joan, son, Eddie, and daughter-in-law, Cathi, while watching last night’s Yankees game. ...”
  • “Whitey Ford” by C. Paul Rogers III. “Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford was born in New York City on October 21, 1928. He was the only child of Jim and Edna Ford, who lived on 66th Street in Manhattan. When Whitey was 5, the family moved to 34th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, an Irish, Polish, and Italian neighborhood. His father worked for Consolidated Edison and his mother as a bookkeeper for a local A&P grocery store. Later, after Whitey was pitching professionally, his father and a friend purchased and ran the Ivy Room, a bar in Astoria.4 ..”.
  • 1940; Census Place: New York, Queens, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02722; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 41-109 AncestryImage
  • “Pride of October: What It Was to Be Young and a Yankee.” Bill Madden. Grand Central Publishing, Dec 14, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 464 pages. “Slick as they come - Whitey Ford.” GoogleBooks
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. AncestryImage Name Edward Charles Ford Race White Age 18 Birth Date 21 Oct 1928 Birth Place New York City, New York Registration Date 21 Oct 1946 Registration Place Long Island City, Queens, New York Weight 155 Complexion Ruddy Eye Color Blue Hair Color Blonde Height 5 9 Next of Kin James Ford
  • New York City Municipal Archives; New York, New York; Borough: Queens. AncestryImage Name: Edward C. Ford Gender: Male Marriage License Date: 7 Apr 1951 Marriage License Place: Queens, New York City, New York, USA Spouse: Julia M. Foran License Number: 244
  • ”Slick: My Life in and Around Baseball”. Whitey Ford, Phil Pepe. Random House Publishing Group, 1988 - Sports & Recreation - 282 pages GoogleBooks
  • The Boston Record, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Date: Nov 21 1950 MyHeritage "...to the induction center by his father James a New York poultry dealer; his mother and his fiancee Miss Joan Foran ...”
  • “Baseball Hall of Fame” Edward Charles Ford. Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1974. Primary team: New York Yankees. Primary position: Pitcher.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitey_Ford
  • 9. “ Photos of Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.” Newsday.com, updated October 9, 2020.
  • New York Post, August 16, 2000. “A tribute to Whitey Ford” link
  • “ Whitey Ford: His six consecutive strikeouts” FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
  • “ Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, New York Yankees' all-time wins leader, dies at age 91” ESPN.com
  • “New York Yankee Hall Of Fame Pitcher Whitey Ford Dies At 91” NPR.org, October 9, 20204:07 PM ET. “ He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1974, along with teammate Mantle. "Cool. Crafty. Nerves of steel," said Mantle of his teammate, according to the Hall of Fame. "That was Whitey."“
  • image search “Whitey Ford Baseball Field”; https://www.facebook.com/friendsofwhiteyfordfield/
  • “ Astoria Legend and Yankees Pitching Great Whitey Ford Dead at 91” Oct. 9, 2020 By Allie Griffin. “The Whitey Ford Field is the oldest ball field in Queens and was first built in 1906, according to Neil Herdan, co-chair of Friends of Whitey Ford Field.“
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Edward “Whitey” Ford's Timeline

October 21, 1928
New York, New York, United States
March 4, 1929
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
October 8, 2020
Age 91
Lake Success, Nassau County, New York, United States