"Gil was a great guy, well-liked by the team and a hell of a ballplayer. He was a good fielder and was always a fierce competitor," Ford said in a Yankees statement.
Former Yankees INF Gil McDougald dies at 82 →
He is expected to be a witness this summer at the trial of former teammate Roger Clemens, indicted on charges he lied to a congressional committee when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Pettitte to announce retirement at Yankee Stadium →