Former Yankees pitcher Johnny Kucks dead at 81

SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Former New York Yankees pitcher Johnny Kucks, who clinched the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn, has died of cancer in New Jersey, his family said. He was 81.

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Yankees' pitcher Andy Pettitte to retire

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NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- New York Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who is completing his 18th year pitching in the major leagues, said Friday he is retiring at the end of this season.

MLB: Texas 8, New York Yankees 5

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Back-to-back doubles by Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski staked Texas to an early lead Wednesday and the Rangers went on to down the New York Yankees 8-5.

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Yankees great Bob Turley dead at 82

ATLANTA, March 31 (UPI) -- Cy Young Award winner Bob Turley, a member of the New York Yankees of the 1950s, has died at a Georgia hospice, his family said. He was 82.

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Whitey Ford memorabilia up for sale

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Baseball fans with thousands of dollars to spend can bid for a piece of pitcher Whitey Ford's memorabilia this summer in New York.

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Joltin' Joe's journal up for auction

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- Diaries providing a glimpse into the life of New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio are on the auction block for $1.5 million.

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Los Angeles 3, Seattle 0

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Angels rookie Jered Weaver led his team to a 3-0 win over Seattle Friday to become the first American League pitcher to start 9-0 since Whitey Ford in 1950.

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Whitey Ford
National Baseball Hall of Fame member Whitey Ford waves to the crowd as he is introduced during induction ceremonies for new members Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice in Cooperstown, New York on July 26, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford (born October 21, 1928) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who spent his entire 18-year career with the New York Yankees. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Ford was a native of the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, located in New York City just a few miles from Yankee Stadium over the Triborough Bridge. Ford was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1947, and played his entire career in a Yankees uniform. He was given the nickname "Whitey" while in the minor leagues for his exceptionally blond hair. Ford graduated from Aviation High School in nearby Sunnyside, Queens.

Ford began his Major League Baseball career on July 1, 1950, with the Yankees and made a spectacular debut, winning his first nine decisions before losing a game in relief. Ford received a handful of lower-ballot Most Valuable Player votes despite throwing just 112 innings, and was voted the AL Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News. (Walt Dropo was the Rookie of Year choice of the BBWAA.)

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