Friday, October 29, 2010
The value of research and blogging just crashed home with me because I always assumed that Topps printed this card by mistake. True, they did print an error on the card (see if you can spot it on the card back. Here is a hint, he fought in Korea and returned to the majors in 1953)but I thought Ford's career was over in '66. Thanks to this blog and my research, I learned that Ford played in '67 and while he didn't do much, hitters still couldn't figure out how to hit his pitches.
Ford won only 2 games in his final 7 starts in '67 and one of those was a shutout. His ERA was a career best 1.64. he gave up only 8 earned runs in his final 44 innings. Few could ever do much against "The Charman of the Board" and I think Frank Sinatra was even flattered to be associated with Whitey Ford through that nickname.