Whitey Ford on TV

(Photo: Ford on a 1953 baseball card. Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Whitey Ford, the New York Yankees pitching great who died last week at 91, teamed up with his teammates not only on the ballfield, but also in some classic TV moments.

For example, here’s Ford, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle & Bill “Moose” Skowron singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in 1958 on The Ed Sullivan Show. They’re joined by Jack Norworth, who co-wrote the song in 1908:

Here, in a segment of a 1957 episode of The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sgt. Bilko), Ford is joined by Berra, Phil Rizzuto and Gil McDougald as they meet a “Hillbilly Whiz” played by Dick Van Dyke:

Ford also went solo on occasion. Here, in a boxing segment from a 1959 episode of I’ve Got a Secret, Ford spars with actor Ben Gazzara, before ex-champ Joe Louis enters the scene. (Five decades later, Gazzara would play Yogi Berra in an off-Broadway play.)

Viewers also saw Ford pitching in commercials, albeit not for Ford Motor Company, which we think would have been a natural. Here’s a ’50s commercial for Post Grape-Nuts cereal…

…and a 1975 spot, with Mantle, for Miller Lite:

But Ford’s greatest TV moments, of course, came during baseball games. You can see many of those in the following episode of the YES Network series, Yankeeology:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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