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Monday, July 9, 2018

Whitey Ford: 14 inning, 15 strike out shutout in 1959.


Wednesday, April 22, 1959
Attendance: 7,337
Venue: Griffith Stadium
Game Duration: 3:40
Night Game, on grass
Yankees 1, Senators 0
2B: Whitey Ford (1, off Bill Fischer); Bobby Richardson (3, off Chuck Stobbs).
HR: Bill Skowron (3, off Chuck Stobbs, 14th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF).
PitchingIPHRERBBSOHRERABFGScIRISWPAaLIRE24
Whitey Ford, W (2-0)1470071500.39541061.4132.006.8
Team Totals1470071500.00541061.4132.006.8

Batting: in addition to his double Ford also walked three times, apparently without sustaining an injury requiring him to go on the disabled list.

Ford probably threw about 225 pitches.

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In the bottom of the 14th inning leading 1-0 Ford allowed a leadoff single and the next batter, Harmon Killebrew, bunted into a force play. Killebrew was still new and unproven and 1959 was his first full season but he tied Cleveland Indian Rocky Colavito for the 1959 American League lead in home runs with 42. Killebrew hit 573 career homer runs on his way to the Hall of Fame.

With the tieing run on first Ford retired the next batter but allowed another single. Yankee manager Casey Stengel was either asleep or confident in his dandy little lefty and let Ford get the final out for an epic 14 inning complete game shutout. The win made the Yankees record 6-3 but they would finish 1959 third.

This was Ford's second start of 1959; he was working on six days rest. Next on three days rest Ford relieved and blew a 9th inning save allowing 2 runs on zero innings. Next on three days rest Ford started and pitched six innings: 11 hits, 3 runs, no decision. Maybe the 14 innings had an impact.

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