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"Eugene Wyman Ford" was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher for one season (1905) with the Detroit Tigers. For his career, he compiled a 0–1 record, with a 5.66 earned run average, and 20 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched.
His brother Russ Ford was another Major League Baseball pitcher.More Gene Ford on Wikipedia.