Unable to break into the A’s outfield of Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, and Bill North, Ford was traded to the Twins after the 1974 season and immediately became a regular. His best season for Minnesota came in 1976, when he hit .267 with 20 HR, 86 RBI, 87 runs, and 17 steals. Traded to the Angels for 1979, he had his best season, with career highs of .290, 21 HR, 101 RBI, and 100 runs. He also homered in Games One and Two of the Angels’ first LCS appearance, and batted .294 in the series.
Poor defensively, the right fielder led AL outfielders in errors in 1981 and was traded to the Orioles for Doug DeCinces. Ford was a semi-regular for two more years despite declining production. He came up lame after Game One of the 1983 LCS and had only one pinch-hit at-bat for the rest of the series. He played poorly in the World Series, but produced the winning run in Game Three when, with runners on first and third, Ivan DeJesus booted Ford’s grounder.
Ford finished out his career with two more seasons as a Baltimore utility player.