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1956 World Series: The Brooklyn Dodgers Rough Up Whitey Ford in Opening Game

front of an Ebbets Field crowd of 34,479 fans, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Whitey Ford lasted only three innings in the opening game of the 1956 World Series.

The Brooklyn Dodgers scored all six of their runs off the Yankees' game little left-hander, who was Casey Stengel’s choice to pitch the opener despite everyone’s knowledge that the Dodgers “ate up lefties” in their bandbox ball park.

Ford, possibly the best pitcher in the American League, finished the season at 19-6 with a league-leading 2.47 ERA.

Speaking to “his writers,” Stengel said, “There is no question about it. Ford is clearly my best pitcher. He deserves to start the first game. Though they say that’s a bad ...

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