ROY CAMPANELLA, C (No. 39), Bats R
Probably baseball's best catcher with no defensive weakness. Key man on ball club. Has great power (over 100 RBIs) and leads team in hitting for the season. Particularly tough at Ebbets Field in previous Series. Keep ball away from him, out on corners and mix 'em up. He seldom chases a bad pitch and likes high ball he can pull.
JACKIE ROBINSON, 3B-LF (No. 42), Bats R
Older, slower, still the kind of player who can be tough in a short series. Played four different positions in four World Series. No longer a big threat on bases but will probably worry young pitchers. Can either pull with power or hit to opposite field. Likes the outside pitch so work him inside, using changeup.
PEE WEE REESE, SS (No. 1), Bats R
A real old pro—there's nothing he doesn't do well. Has power for a little man, gets good jump on the bases and competitive spirit is shown by Series record: played in five, led team at bat in three of them. His power is a high fast ball; pitch him curves breaking down and use change-up. Pitch to him carefully in clutch.
GIL HODGES, 1B (No. 14), Bats R
Was anemic hitter in first three World Series, a very good one in 1953. Has apparently lost some of ability to pull but is still one of team's big sluggers (over 100 RBIs for seventh straight year and nearly 30 home runs). His power is on the inside, particularly up high; pitch away from him. Curve him, don't use changeup.
DON ZIMMER, 2B (No. 23), Bats R
Will probably start at second. Has a low average but he's a streak hitter who can get very, very hot. This is his first Series. Lots of power for a little man, fast on bases, hustles hard. Not too sure on defense but tries for everything; has strong arm. Good high-ball hitter; pitch him down and outside and move ball around.
DUKE SNIDER, CF (No. 4), Bats L
League leader in RBIs, has over 40 home runs. Holds record for total bases (24) and tied for most home runs (4) in single Series. Very dangerous in Ebbets Field where he can reach the seats even on high outside pitch. Free swinger but hard to fool; pitch him high and tight or curve breaking down. Essentially low-ball hitter.
CARL FURILLO RF (No. 6), Bats R
Always a terrific late-season hitter, now up among leaders after mid-year slump. Has good power. No problem on bases but a great fielder. Twice hit over .300 in four World Series. Good highball hitter; pitch him inside and below waist. Mix up pitches; he hits the curve well but has a tendency to chase it on the outside.
DON HOAK, 3B (No. 43), Bats R
Only regular who isn't constant home-run threat but he's got just about everything else. Very fast with good reactions on base, makes all the plays at third; fine arm. Likes to hit to opposite field if given outside pitch; work on him inside and low. With men on base, throw changeup; he'll hit it on ground.
Sandy Amoros opened season in left, hit well until sidelined by thigh injury which still bothers him; Series status is doubtful. Hits both high and low pitches with surprising power from left side; throw him breaking stuff down, come inside occasionally to keep him honest...
Frank Kellert will play first if Hodges is hurt or goes to outfield; will pinch-hit. Up around .350 all year but has less than 100 at bats; good right-handed power...DON NEWCOMBE most dangerous hitting pitcher in baseball, has great power, hit seven home runs for league record; will probably pinch-hit, won't chase bad pitches...GEORGE SHUBA bats left, is a good low-ball hitter and likes the fast ball; hit pinch homer in '53...AL WALKER and DIXIE HOWELL almost sure to sit this one out unless Campanella is hurt; Walker may pinch-hit.