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Yankees Magazine Inquires About Famous Fort Monmouth Soldier

Fort Monmouth has been home to a few famous baseball players, notably Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford of the New York Yankees.   And Yankees Magazine recently contacted us about information on Whitey Ford for one of their upcoming pieces!  It should be out in late summer, and will mention a game where Whitey Ford pitched for the Fort Monmouth Signalmen.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted about this.  In the meantime, here’s a little bit about baseball and Whitey Ford here at the Fort. 

On April 17, 1951, Whitey Ford was granted leave to toss out the first pitch of a Red Sox-Yanks game at Yankee Stadium, dressed not in pinstripes — but in his Army uniform.

Fort Monmouth Soldier Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford throws the ceremonial first pitch between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Notice his uniform!

Even Fort Monmouth’s baseball coaches were famous.  In 1951, George “Mule” Haas (1903-1974) signed on as Athletic Consultant at Fort Monmouth where he was the manager of the Fort Monmouth Army Baseball team. Whitey Ford was one of his pitchers.

For some of our own articles on baseball that have appeared in The Monmouth Message, see the following links:

Command Historian Melissa Ziobro’s articles: Common Patriot Meets Genuine American Icon and Whitey Ford and the Famous Fort Folk


Staff Historian Chrissie Reilly’s articles: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Part I and Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Part II

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