One of the great qualities of baseball is that it really does not focus on names, colors, creeds, or political views. Baseball at its best is tolerant and utterly non discriminatory. It is about agility, and character. Grace and determination.

Not many, if any, name their kids Whitey today. It sound controversial in this day and age, to be sure.

Let me just say: Baseball does not make those discriminations — it is a game for one and all — and this Whitey was a helleva player, a true hall of famer. One of the greats who showed us how to get it done.

Whitey Ford, who spent all 16 seasons of his career with the Yankees, was 13 days short of his 92nd birthday at the time of his passing.

Ford was a 10-time All-Star, won six World Series with the Bronx Bombers, and won the AL Cy Young Award in 1961. He had a 2.75 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, 1,956 strikeouts, and 1,086 walks over 3,170.1 career innings. His No. 16 is retired by the Yankees, and he has a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.