Whitey Ford breaks another record held by Babe

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:29 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 8, 1961

It's been a bad year for the Babe. During the regular season, Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, one better than Ruth struck in 1927. And today Whitey Ford breaks Ruth's 43-year-old record for consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series.

Having pitched shutouts in his last three Series starts (two against the Pirates last year and one against the Reds in Game 1 four days ago), Ford hurls five scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory over Cincinnati to run his consecutive scoreless streak to 32. That beats the 29.2 Ruth pitched for the Red Sox in 1916 and 1918.

Ford fouls a ball off his right foot and bruises the knuckle on his big toe in the top of the sixth. He gives it a try in the bottom of the inning, but comes out after allowing a leadoff single to Elio Chacon because of the pain in his toe when he lands.

After the game, the Yankees' Chairman of the Board jokes he might work on his hitting next spring. "So I can go after some of the Babe's batting records, too," he says.

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