The 50 Greatest Moments in New York Yankees History

32. Ford Breaks Ruth's World Series Scoreless Streak

Date: 10/8/1961
Forty-plus years into the Curse of the Bambino (although they didn't call it that yet then), Red Sox fans could still look to the record books for a reminder of their 1918 World Series title (and, unfortunately, Babe Ruth, too). That year, Ruth set the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched, at 29 2/3. At the end of the following season, Ruth was sold to the Yankees, leading to his frequent appearances on this list. In 1961, Whitey Ford, the Greatest Yankee Pitcher of All Time Until Mariano Came Around (GYPOATUMCA?) eclipsed Ruth's scoreless innings mark, and extended it to 33 2/3 run-free frames. How do you get the nickname "Chairman of the Board" in a franchise as storied as the Yankees? For a couple reasons, one of them being erasing Red Sox from the record books.

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