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Ford Wins Cy Young Award

Nov. 8, 1961 - Whitey Ford, the bellwether of the Yankee pitching staff for more than 10 years, gained the Cy Young award as the outstanding pitcher for 1961. The poll of the committee of the Baseball Writers Association showed 9 votes for Ford, 6 for Warren Spahn, 40-year-old southpaw of the Milwaukee Braves, and 2 for Frank Lary, crack right-hander of the Detroit Tigers. When asked to explain his remarkable success, the affable Whitey replied, “you’d have to say righteous living — you know, don’t drink everything in the bottle, leave something for the other guy. Then there was a remarkably good slider, and let us not forget the relief work of Luis Arroyo.”


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