Two weeks ago the baseball world received the sad news that Yankees legendary pitcher Whitey Ford had passed away. Ford once saw action at Bowman Field as a member of the Eastern League’s Binghamton Triplets, but Ford was not the only member of the Yankee dynasty era of 1947 to 1964, several others did as well.
Edward “Whitey” Ford played for Binghamton in 1949 when he enjoyed a stellar 16-5 record. In his appearances against the Williamsport Tigers that year, Ford pitched in middle relief in an 8-6 over in a July 22, 1949 game at Bowman Field Whitey Ford was knocked from the box in the sixth inning after pitching 5 1/3 innings. He struck out and walked five but the Binghamton Triplets still won the game 5-3.
Against the Tigers on June 19, 1949. He gave up one walk. He struck out one in four innings of work.
In his best work against the Tigers, Ford, had a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings in beating the Tigers 4-2 on August 10.
One year during the off-season, Whitey Ford appeared as a local winter baseball banquet as well.
Other Yankee dynasty era players that appeared here included Bill “Moose” Skowron, who played for Binghamton in 1951. He went 5 for 13 against Williamsport that included a double.
Standout second baseman, Bobby Richardson played for Binghamton in 1954, going 5 for 18, including three RBIs against the Tigers.
Although slick fielding shortstop, Tony Kubek did not play at or for Williamsport, his father, Tony Kubek, Sr. played outfield for the 1935 Williamsport Grays.
1955 saw two other future Bronx Bombers see action at Bowman Field, Roger Maris and Johnny Blanchard. Blanchard for the Triplets and Maris for the Reading Indians.
Blanchard went 9 for 32, including a homer and a double against Williamsport pitching.
In 30 plate appearances against Williamsport Roger Maris had 12 hits. Maris’ most memorable game against Williamsport came in an August 17, 1955 doubleheader, when he crashed through the fence at Bowman Field in the first game of the doubleheader.
Colorful first baseman, Joe Pepitone played for Binghanton in 1960. He went 17 for 41 against the Grays, including two doubles and a homer.
That same year, slick fielding utility infielder, Tom Tresh was also a member of the Triplets. Against Williamsport Tresh got 20 hits in 62 plate appearances, including two home runs.
Two standout pitchers from the dynasty era also saw action at Bowman Field. Vic Raschi and Allie Reynolds.
Raschi pitched for Binghamton in 1947, compiling a 3-1 mark. And Allie Reynolds pitched for the Wilkes-Barre Barons in 1942, posting a sparkling 18-7 record. In the Eastern League that year.
Since I started writing this, another Hall of Famer has passed away, Joe Morgan. Morgan came to the Little League World Series several years back as part of ESPN’s coverage of the late summer classic. So far this year six baseball Hall of Famers have died.