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Whitey Ford


"Army life was rough. Would you believe it, they actually wanted me to pitch three times a week."

"Hell, if I didn't drink drink or smoke, I'd win twenty games every year. It's easy when you don't drink or smoke or horse around."

"I didn't begin cheating until late in my career, when I needed something to help me survive. I didn't cheat when I won the twenty-five games in 1961. I don't want anybody to get any ideas and take my Cy Young Award away. And I didn't cheat in 1963 when I won twenty-four games. Well, maybe a little."

"I know (Sandy) Koufax weakness. He can't hit."

"I never threw the spitter, well maybe once or twice when I really needed to get a guy out real bad."

"Sooner or later the arm goes bad. It has to...Sooner or later you have to start pitching in pain."

"There's no easier pitch to hit than a splitter that doesn't do anything."

"The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan."

"You kind of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always going to be baseball in October."

"You would be amazed how many important outs you can get by working the count down to where the hitter is sure you're going to throw to his weakness, and then throw to his power instead."

Quotations About Whitey Ford

"I don't care what the situation was, how high the stakes were - the bases could be loaded and the pennant riding on every pitch, it never bothered Whitey (Ford). He pitched his game. Cool. Craft. Nerves of steel." - Mickey Mantle

"They talk about the fall of the Yankees. Well, the Yankees would have fallen a lot sooner if it wasn't for my banty rooster (Whitey Ford's nickname)." - Casey Stengel



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