Surgery: Repair of a Pitching Arm

By World Series time, the coldness and discomfort that New York Yankee Southpaw Whitey Ford had often felt in his left hand became a strength-robbing cramp afflicting his whole arm. But not until after the second game when he even had trouble shaving did Ford seek medical help from Dr. Martin L. Schulman of Long Island Jewish Hospital. The diagnosis: Pitcher Ford had an apparently complete blockage of the axillary artery, which carries blood through the shoulder toward the fingertips.

The artery had become blocked, possibly by fatty deposits, under the...