On May 12, 1953, Ford fired a one-hitter at Yankee Stadium in a game against the Indians. The lone hit came when Early Wynn hit a slow roller toward second base to lead off the sixth inning. The play could very well have been an out, but Ford took a few steps toward the ball and second baseman Gil McDougald waited while he thought Whitey would make the play. When McDougald finally broke for the ball it was too late to retire Wynn at first base. A large crowd of 55,459 attended the game. The victory improved Ford's career record to 12-1, since he had been 9-1 in 1950 and was 3-0 to that point in '53. Ford had missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons while serving in the military during the Korean War.