William Charles Stafford (August 13, 1939 – September 19, 2001) was a professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1960 to 1967. Stafford was a successful pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1961 to 1962, winning a combined 28 games in two seasons. He appeared in the World Series 3 times for the Yankees from 1960 to 1962, and was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the 1962 World Series versus the San Francisco Giants. In September 2001, Stafford died in his home at the age of 62 of a heart attack.
In 1961, Stafford had the second best ERA in the American League with 2.68. On October 1 of that season, he was the winning pitcher when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's single-season record of 60 in 1927.
As a kid in New York Stafford played at Athens Little League in Athens, New York