The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Whitey Ford pitched 16 years (from 1950 to 1967) with the New York Yankees. He began his career in 1950 with 9 wins and only 1 loss, then missed the next two seasons due to military service. He returned in 1953 and won 18 games with only 6 losses, the first of thirteen years in a row with at least 11 wins. Perhaps his two best years were 1961, when he won 25 games and lost only 4, and 1963, when he won 24 games and lost only 7.
Ford finished his career with 236 wins and 106 losses for a .690 winning percentage (4th all time), and had 156 complete games in 438 starts and 3170 innings. He won the Cy Young Award in 1961 and was voted American League Pitcher of the year three times.
Ford also started 22 games with 7 complete games, 10 wins and 8 losses and a 2.71 earned run average in World Series competition. He made the American League all-star team ten times and he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.