Eddie Ford’s Baseball legacy; Edworth Eddie Ford was amongst the best in the nation in most sports he played. Eddie is the only player in the country to have 100 points in a basketball game; he was an outstanding cricket player, and for the most part, in the games he played, he was named top batsman. Furthermore, He had the talent to play both softball & baseball and did so in the 60s, 70s & 80s; he played all three sports as a top performer before becoming an Umpire.
Minor League Career:
Earlier, the local, national team manager Vince Ferguson had a talk with the Pirates scout Paul Florence about a young talented Eddie Ford. Together both men worked on getting Eddie to sign with the Astros.
To begin with, Eddie Ford was one of the most talented Baseball Players in the Bahamas when the 18-year-old signed as a free agent with the Astros in 1967; then assigned to the single-A Cocoa Astros in the Florida State League. In addition to playing in 95 games, he got in 300 at-bats and 81 hits for a 270-batting average; Along with 8 stolen bases.
The following year, he started playing in the New York Penn State League Short-Season in 1968, with Williams Port. There he played in 44 games with 153 at-bats, with 40 hits, and stole 7 bases.
Climbing the Ladder:
He was recalled back up to the Cocoa Astros, where he went 29 for 74 in 22 games, and he led the Florida State League with a 392-batting average. Eddie then moved to the Carolina League and played with Greensboro. Finishing his career there. He played in 24 games, going 15 for 63 and a batting average of .242 for the season.
After two seasons:
Eddie Ford ended his career at the young age of 19. Finishing his career with 195 games and 669 plate appearances; 589 at-bats, and 165 hits for a career .280 batting average; 82 runs scored, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 36 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, 69 walks, and 80 ks.
Back at home:
In the meantime, returning home, he began to play again locally, picking up where he left off in the minors. In short, his baseball legacy was nothing short of amazing. He also won three batting and M.V. P titles; also, he won two home run titles and an RBIs title. Finally, Eddie Ford’s Baseball legacy cemented in Bahamian Baseball History.