This Day In Sports History (January 16th) — Micky Mantle & Whitey Ford
It was on this day in 1974 that Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Both former members of the Yankees were two of the six players inducted into Cooperstown that year.
Mickey Mantle played his entire 18-year career with the New York Yankees. Throughout his historic career, he won three AL MVP awards, one Gold Glove, one Triple Crown and he appeared in 20 All-Star Games. Mickey also appeared in 12 World Series, winning seven of them. He recorded a .298 batting average throughout his career, with 2,415 hits, 536 home runs, and 1,509 RBIs. His number 7 was eventually retired by the Yankees.
As for Whitey Ford, he also spent his entire 18-year career with the New York Yankees. During that time, the pitcher made it to 10 All-Star Games and earned the Cy Young Award in 1961. He also won six World Series Championships, and he was named the World Series MVP in 1961. Ford finished his career with a 236–106 record, to go along with a 2.75 ERA and 1,956 strikeouts. His number 16 was also retired by the Yankees.
Here is Mickey Mantle poking fun at Whitey Ford’s fastball.
Albert Pujols, MLB – Born on January 16, 1980 (age 34) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Brenden Morrow, NHL – Born on January 16, 1979 (age 35) in Carlyle, Saskatchewan
Roy Jones, Jr. – Boxing – Born on January 16, 1969 (age 45) in Pensacola, Florida