WHITEY FORD (No. 16), Left-hander
Had brilliant early season, wobbled through July and August, now looking great; good bet to pitch opening game. Control is his only problem; when he has it he's very tough. Good fast ball, curve and slider. Played in 1950 and 1953 World Series, has 1-1 record. Fair hitter for a pitcher; fields position well.
BOB TURLEY (No. 19), Right-hander
Like Ford, had sizzling start, wobbly midseason, strong finish. Big, powerful, hard thrower; fast ball ranks with Score's and Narleski's as best in American League. Has over 200 strikeouts. Curve improving but still weak; needs another pitch. Big problem is control; wait him out, wait for curve.
BOB GRIM (No. 55), Right-hander
Won 20 games in 1954, was league's rookie of the year, but has spent most of this season on disabled list or bench. Now ready to pitch, he's team's No. 1 reliefer and might be used as starter in World Series. Throws very hard. Very live fast ball is best pitch; has very good control, keeps cool.
TOMMY BYRNE (No. 23), Left-hander
Once wildest pitcher in baseball, made amazing comeback last year at Seattle to get another crack at majors; has had really outstanding year. Slider his big pitch, blends it well with fast ball and curve. Control no longer problem. One of best hitting pitchers in either league, sometimes bats eighth.
DON LARSEN (No. 18), Right-hander
Recalled from Denver in midseason, has been great help to sub-par pitching staff. His first World Series. Another big fast-baller who likes to overpower the batter; breaking stuff improving but still the pitch to hit. Now developing change of pace. Won't tire but may blow up. Good hitter for a pitcher.
TOM MORGAN (No. 28), Right-hander
Brilliant relief pitcher in first two months of season, ran into control trouble, now used less often. Depends on low breaking stuff and changeup with pinpoint control; wait to see if he's going to be over the plate. Only Series experience two innings in relief (1951). Good hitter for a pitcher.
Johnny Kucks, young right-hander with good curve, earned job as starter in early season, failed to last, now rides bench. His lack of experience (one previous year in organized ball with Norfolk of Class B Piedmont League) is typical of weak Yankee bullpen which includes four rookies...TOM STURDIVANT, another right-hander, was only one of the four on roster before spring training, has shown good sinker and control, is a battler...Left-hander BOB WIESLER had unimpressive season with Kansas City and Toronto last year, earned chance in spring with very good stuff, has pitched irregularly because of wildness...Left-hander RIP COLEMAN was called up from Denver with impressive minor league strikeout record, has tremendous speed but lacks control.
MICKEY MANTLE, CF (No. 7), Bats L-R
League's leading home-run hitter but will also bunt for hit. Switch-hitter. Great speed on bases, terrific range in field, strong arm. Hit bases-loaded home run in 1953 Series. Pulled leg muscle last week, may be slowed down. Pitch him fast balls high, slip in occasional curve and change of pace but be careful.