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Whitey Ford to speak in Reno on Feb. 3

The University of Nevada Wolf Pack will host the 19th annual Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner on Feb. 3 at the Silver Legacy Resort/Casino in Reno. Hall of Famer and New York Yankee pitching legend Whitey Ford will be the keynote speaker.

Hosted cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by a sit-down, steak dinner at 7 p.m. A memorabilia auction will also be featured that evening. Tickets are $150 per adult ($90 tax deductible), and $75 for youths 14 and under ($30 is tax deductible.) Tables of 10 are also available for $1,500. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Athletic Association at (775) 784-4870.

Ford was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 with best friend and teammate, Mickey Mantle. Ford was the “money pitcher’ on the great Yankee teams of the 1950s and early 1960s, earning him the moniker “Chairman of the Board.”

In 11 of 16 seasons Ford’s earned run average was under a 3.00, and his worst was 3.24. The wily southpaw’s lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher.

Of course, he benefited from strong Yankee bat support, defense, and relief pitching, but his winning percentage was usually higher than the team’s. He allowed an average of only 10.94 baserunners per nine innings and posted 45 career shutouts, including eight 1-0 victories.

the 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records. The Yankees won 11 pennants in Whitey Ford’s years with them. He ranks first all-time in World Series wins (11), losses (8), games and games started (22), innings pitched (146.0), bases on balls (34), and strikeouts (94). In the 1960, ’61, and ’62 World Series, Ford pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings, breaking Babe Ruth’s Series record of 29-2/3.

Edward “Whitey” Ford was born on Oct. 21, 1928 in New York, N.Y. ford and his wife of 51 years, Joan, currently make their home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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