8. Whitey Ford
22 GS, 10-8, 2.71 ERA, 146 IP, 7 CG
Ford, an all-time Yankees’ great, earned his Hall Of Fame induction in 1974 primarily thanks to his ability to rise to the occasion in the postseason.
Ford’s greatest performance came in Game 1 of the 1961 World Series, where he tossed a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds.
What was more impressive, however, was the fact that it marked his third straight complete game shutout in World Series play dating back to Game 3 and 6 of the 1960 series.
Going through Ford’s postseason game log, you’ll notice that although he never pitched in a Game 7, on three occasions he earned a win to send the series to a “do or die” game.