Ed was the top hurler in the A.L. last year chalking up the best Earned Run and Won-Lost Averages! His tantalizing curves and pin-point control permitted the fewest walks and least defeats. When Ed beat the Dodgers in the '53 Series it was his 4th win in 7 Fall Classic Games. Ed had a 21-9 record in 1951.
Ed wanted to be a Yank 1st sacker in '36?but they had Gehrig!
So he tried out and was signed by a Dodger farm. He then became a pitcher.
12 years later he was a Yankee?one of their star chuckers! Ed's won 97 games for them since '48.
MICKEY CHARLES MANTLE
NEW YORK YANKEES
Born: Spavinaw, Okla., Oct. 20, 1931
A backhanded compliment came Mickey's way after the 1953 season. He hit .295, had 92 R.B.I.s and 24 home runs, yet critics said he'd had a poor season! Only the best have "poor seasons" like that. Mickey is lightning fast, a good fielder and probably the most powerful switch hitter ever to play in the major leagues.
JOSEPH EDWARD COLLINS
first base NEW YORK YANKEES
Home: Union, New Jersey
Born: December 3, 1922