October 15, 2020

Twins killer Whitey Ford, who had career winning percentage of .690, is dead at 91

It’s hard to imagine that 2020 could get any worse, but it has after losing some of the giants of the game. In a matter of weeks, it seems, we have lost Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Joe Morgan and longtime Yankees pitcher, Whitey Ford, the Chairman of the Board.

Ford died last week at the age of 91. The Hall of Famer was 236-106, a winning percentage of .690, over 16 seasons, and all of them were spent with the Yankees. He also was a 10-time all-star and pitched more than 3,000 innings with a career ERA of 2.75.

He was especially tough on the Twins, compiling a 32-10 record with a 2.62 ERA against the team, and was 13-3 against the Washington Senators as well, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

But on April 11, 1961, the opening day of baseball for the Yankees and the first game for a new franchise called the Twins, Ford lost. Twins pitcher, Pedro Ramos, pitched a complete game three-hitter to beat the Bronx Bombers, 6-0. Ford would get the last laugh, however. He beat the Twins in May, June and August of that year en route to a record of 25-4 and the Cy Young award.

Extra innings…

-Pitcher Ron Perranoski also died this month at 84. Although largely associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Perranoski spent four seasons with the Twins, earning 31 saves for Billy Martin in 1969 and 34 in 1970.

He was called on to do a lot more than just relieve in a game on July 25, 1969 at Cleveland before only 8,900 fans. Perranoski was handed the ball in extra-innings, then he one-hit the Tribe over five-plus innings with six strikeouts to beat the Indians, 4-2, in 16 innings.

-And then there was this:


Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.