19 BOB TURLEY
Throws H, 21-7, 2.75 ERA
Has had great season, with half a dozen shutouts studding the first 20-victory performance of his major league career. Will probably draw opening Series assignment, which Ford has had past three years. Once a scatter-armed fast-ball specialist, the big no-windup pitcher still throws very hard but has gained sharp control over curve, now uses it regularly. Also has good changeup curve and sinker. Moves slow, does not field position too well. Hits the ball hard but with marked irregularity.
28 ART DITMAR
Throws R, 9-7, 3.32 ERA
When pitching staff was going so well early in season, spent much of time on bullpen bench; when pitching faltered and injuries struck, he came in to do a fine job, may well draw a starting assignment in Series. Throws a good sinker and slider, has begun to use slow curve with effectiveness, tries to keep everything low. Fairly quick but lacks overpowering speed; control no problem. Fair hitter, likes the fast ball, can pull to right. Average or slightly above at fielding position.
30 BOBBY SHANTZ
Throws L, 7-5, 3.39 ERA
Picked up by Yankees before '57 season as spot pitcher, but injuries to rest of staff have kept little veteran more or less in starting rotation ever since. If Ford is unable to pitch, will be only left-hander on squad. Uses sneaky fast ball, but lacks real speed, depends on big variety of breaking stuff—knuckler, sinker and a very good curve—plus the sharp control to pitch to spots. A good hitter who can pull the ball, he is best fielding pitcher in the game, death on bunts.
16 WHITEY FORD
Throws L, 14-7, 2.10 ERA
The tough, cocky little blond has a sound knowledge of hitters, excellent control and a bewildering assortment of pitches: a great curve thrown with a variety of motions and speeds, a good changeup, a fast ball that can also sink, an occasional slider. However, he is bothered by an injury—his elbow hurts when he throws breaking pitches—and he may be far from right for the Series. Has one of game's best pick-off moves, is also a good fielder and a fair hitter.
18 DON LARSEN
Throws R, 8-6, 3.41 ERA
Big question mark is his right elbow, which began to cause trouble after sizzling start this year (three straight shutouts), sometimes swells after slight warmup, may keep him on bench altogether. Big and strong, he has great stuff when healthy, throws a fast ball that jumps, a good slow curve, a slider, a big overhand curve and a screwball as a changeup against lefthanders. Control sometimes erratic. A good fielder and a superb hitter, with real home-run power to all fields.
26 RYNE DUREN
Throws R, 6-4, 2.03 ERA
Came to Yankees after bouncing around minors for almost 10 years, has done magnificent job in relief. Combination of bad eyesight and blazing fast ball—which American Leaguers say is as good as Herb Score's—tends to keep opposing hitters loose, ineffective against his overpowering speed. But lack of control has plagued him in recent appearances. Throws an occasional slider when ahead of hitter, uses curve and changeup just for show. Just about the worst hitter in all baseball.
BOARD OF STRATEGY
Some people collect stamps, others coins. With CASEY STENGEL (37), manager of the Yankees, it's pennants. In his 10 years with the club, he's collected nine of them, an unparalleled record. Stengel has been successful in six of his eight World Series, losing only to Brooklyn in 1955 and Milwaukee last year. Casey took the Milwaukee loss gracefully, but you can bet your box seats he's burning to even matters. The only time the Yanks lost two Series in a row was '21 and '22, when McGraw's Giants, aided by a center fielder named Casey Stengel, overpowered them. Casey doesn't want to let it happen again. As the manager of a team much too good for the rest of the league, Stengel keeps his players hustling by throwing them into competition with themselves for a spot in the lineup. Three hits today does not necessarily guarantee a position tomorrow. That's Stengel's way. A pitcher with a comfortable lead cannot relax, for it doesn't take much to bring about a sight that never fails to stir the crowd: old No. 37, hands buried deep in his hip pockets, trudging slowly out to the mound to make a change. Before Stengel does remove his pitcher, he confers with JIM TURNER (31), his pitching coach since 1949. Turner won 20 games for the Boston Bees in 1937. Waving Yankee runners around third will be the old shortstop, FRANK CROSETTI (2). This is "The Crow's" 18th Series, eight as a player, 10 as a coach. RALPH HOUK (35), a former Yankee catcher, coaches first.
Jerry Lumpe (11) is a fine young left-handed-hitting third baseman, with a strong arm, good hands and wide range. A sharp opposite-field hitter, infrequent use this season has hurt his average. Old ENOS SLAUGHTER (17) ranks with best pinch hitters in baseball, seems able to come off the bench and always get on base. Still runs hard, can do a good job in left field. Because of McDougald, young BOBBY RICHARDSON (1) has had little chance to show his defensive wizardry around second, also little chance to prove that he can hit. MARV THRONEBERRY (20) has exceptional power but strikes out too often, appears unable to handle big league pitching. Not a particularly adept first baseman. Bullpen catcher DARRELL JOHNSON (22) has seen little action this year but is regarded as a superb receiver, with a sharp knowledge of hitters and a quick, accurate arm. Is not noted for his hitting ability. Among the pitchers, JOHNNY KUCKS (53) has been erratic, shows a tendency to hang his breaking stuff up high. When right, has a great sidearm sinker, a slider and a good curve. DUKE MAAS (24) has had only fair luck since trade brought him from Kansas City, throws a sinker and slider but is bothered by lack of control. Best young pitcher on staff is ZACK MONROE (55), who came up to club from Denver in June, has worked hard in both spot starts and relief; throws slider and a palm ball which usually drops but sometimes breaks either way and has been especially tough on left-handers. VIRGIL TRUCKS (21), who when with Detroit some years ago was aptly nicknamed "Fireball," can still throw hard, but has seen little action, has been hampered by wildness. This has been a miserable year for TOM STURDIVANT (47), who has been plagued with an aching arm most of this season and is now recovering from a bad spike cut on ankle which may sideline him for the entire Series.