Forty-five years after he threw his last pitch for the New York Yankees, Whitey Ford is still making new fans. The 1961 American League Cy Young Award winner is 83 years old now, but still signs plenty of autographs.
He joined several other Yankee and Met names from the past at a sow over the weekend in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Boys of Summer autograph and memorabilia show also featured Joe Pepitone, Shane Spencer, Dwight Gooden and Mookie Wilson.
The two-day event, organized by LaGrange-based BG Entertainment and J Paul Sports, out of White Plains, New York, was a first for the area, although similar shows are held in Westchester County on a regular basis.
Hundreds of fans forked over $79-99 for Ford’s autograph. The roster of Yankee greats from the 1950s and early 60s who are still around is starting to decline but Ford still engaged fans while putting his name on baseballs, bats, photos and other items. He was also willing to let fans take photos.
You can read more about the show and see video from Saturday’s session in the Poughkeepsie Journal.