YOGI BERRA - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: WHITEY FORD - HFSID 250175
Sale Price $270.00
NEW YORK YANKEES: WHITEY FORD and YOGI BERRA
Signed 8½x11 photo of the two ballplayers celebrating their first World Series victory as teammates (1950)
Photograph signed: "Whitey Ford" and "Yogi Berra", both in blue felt tip, b/w, 8½x11. The Hall of Fame pitcher and catcher are celebrating their 1950 World Series victory in the Yankees locker room. Ford, a rookie in 1950, was the winning pitcher in Game 4, which completed a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. A fine defensive catcher and handler of pitchers, YOGI BERRA (1925-2015) was also a feared slugger and clutch hitter who led powerful Yankee teams in RBIs seven years in a row (1949-1955) and was named AL Most Valuable Player three times. Though famous for swinging at bad pitches, Yogi seldom struck out. He played in a record 14 World Series - on the winning team a record 10 times - and made every All-Star team from 1948 to 1962. As manager of the Yankees and later the Mets, Berra is one of only three Major League managers (along with Joe McCarthy and Sparky Anderson) to win pennants in both leagues. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra is also famous for enriching the language with puzzling expressions like "Ninety percent of this game is half mental", "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded", and "It's déjà vu all over again." EDWARD "WHITEY" FORD (1928-2020) was the "money pitcher" on the great Yankee teams of the 1950s and early 1960s, earning him the moniker "Chairman of the Board". The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher. He paced the American League in victories three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic. Whitey Ford has the most career wins in the history of the New York Yankees with 236. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Ford and Berra were teammates in 11 World Series. (Ford missed the 1951 and 1952 Series due to military service.) Fine condition.
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