Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1962 Topps 475: Whitey Ford All-Star

Whitey Ford made his 4th consecutive All-Star appearance on July 11th, 1961 (his 7th of the past 8 seasons).  He was the starter for the A.L. team in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, striking out 2 of 11 total batters faced in 3 innings, while giving up a hit and a run in the 2nd inning due to an error.  The A.L. would go on to the lose the first of two All-Star games played that year in 10-innings with a final score of 5-4.  Ford finished the '61 season as a winner of the A.L. Cy Young Award with a 25-4 record in 283 innings pitched against 1159 batters faced--all career highs to lead the league.  Ford would also go on to win two games against the Reds in the '61 World Series, pitching 14 innings with a 0.00 ERA in addition to scoring a Run.  

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