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Andy Pettitte passes Whitey Ford for first on Yankees’ all-time strikeout list

Jul 1, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte is your new all-time leader in strikeouts for the Yankees.

Pettitte fanned Twins first baseman Justin Morneau in the bottom of the third inning tonight for his 1,958th strikeout with the club, passing Whitey Ford for first in team history. You can watch the strikeout here.

Pettitte entered tonight’s action needing just two strikeouts to pass Ford. The 41-year-old southpaw struck out Clete Thomas swinging in the second inning before fanning Morneau in the third. They were his only two strikeouts for the night, as he allowed four runs on four runs on six hits and four walks over five innings before exiting.

Ford sat atop the strikeout leaderboard with the Yankees for nearly 50 years, as he passed Red Ruffing for the franchise lead on September 9, 1963. The Hall of Famer is still first in franchise history with 236 wins. Pettitte has 213 wins with the Bombers. That record appears pretty safe for the foreseeable future.

  1. Stiller43 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Whatever happened to the name “whitey?”

    I think im gonna bring it back with my first born.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Serious(ish) question — what was that nickname about? Was he prematurely gray?

      I’m at work. #truestory.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Andy came clean and wasn’t afraid to go against his
      friend Roger and testify, even if Roger said Andy

  2. Glenn - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I hate Andy Pettitte. As a baseball fan, I love Andy Pettitte.

    • stoutfiles - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Why would you hate him? It’s just a game.

  3. crackersnap - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    In this age of rampant strikeouts, we should expect more and more of these older strikeout records to fall to the point where we are going to need to label periods as “Pre-K” and “K”.

  4. pinkfloydprism - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM


  5. breastfedted - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Yeah and a good deal of those strikeouts shouldn’t count for Andy PED-itte

    • 18thstreet - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      What if he struck out a player on PEDs? Should that count as half a strikeout? A third? Should the Yankees give back his wins, like Penn State had to?

      Or let’s pretend 2002 never happened at all. Of course, we’ll have to hold the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics all over again. That would probably help Mitt Romney win reelection in the 2012(b) presidential election, since it will be fresher in our minds when we re-vote 2008(b).

      Please enlighten us how we should deal with the fact that Andy Pettitte admitted using PEDs, since he’s the only person in the history of the world to cheat at anything.

  6. theskinsman - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    HGH Andy will be celebrated, while A-Roid is vilified. Go figure.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Andy gave up 4 runs over 5 innings in this no decision. He seems to have forgotten how to win.

    • ditto65 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      Lacks TWTW

  8. mdpickles - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:10 AM


  9. REDSKINSFORLIFE - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I am sure Whitey would feel great about being passed by a steroid cheat. Petite, you are a low life liar.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Hey look: a football fan has a problem with drug use by star athletes.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Didn’t you know? All of those 375 lb monsters on the offensive and defensive lines are purely corn fed and natural home-grown goodness. Not a trace of steroids or amphetamines in football!

        They told us so.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      You mean Whitey the admitted ball doctorer? If anything, Whitey’s disgusted that Pettitte cheated in a way that doesn’t actually help you perform better.

  10. florida727 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I’m not a Yankee or Pettitte fan or hater, but one thing the article brought out that surprised me was that no Yankee pitcher IN HISTORY has ever won more than Ford’s 236 games? Twenty-seven (27) world championships, 40 AL titles, 18 division titles and 4 wild card berths (thank you Wikipedia) and NEVER a 300-game winner? Heck, never a 250-game winner. There are 24 300-game winners and only two of them ever pitched for the Yankees (Niekro and Clemens). That seems pretty odd to me.

    Anyway, good article, D.J. Thanks. Made me do a little research to answer my own questions :)

    • larrytsg - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Well, 300 game winners seem to travel a bit:

      Cy Young piled up 511 wins, but split them between Cleveland, St. Louis, and Boston
      Walter Johnson won all 417 of his for Washington
      Pete Alexander split his between Chicago, St. Louis, and Philly
      Christy Mathewson actually pitched and won one game for Cincinnati
      Spahn won most of his for the Braves, but finished with a couple of wins for the Mets and Giants
      Maddux and Clemens were travelers, even if they are primarily known for being on one team.
      Carlton, Sutton, Ryan and Niekro also did their share of travelling, though Sutton won a lot of his games for the Dodgers.
      Perry, Seaver, Glavine, Randy Johnson… all moved around a bit.

      So It just goes to show that most of these guys either moved on their own (Free agents) or were traded at some point. Rare seems to be the pitcher who stuck with his team for a long time AND piled up 300 wins for them.

      • larrytsg - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        There are a few others, like Old Hoss Radbourn and Kid Nichols, but I left them out…

        Though Eddie Plank came close with almost 300 wins for Philly

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