9 HANK BAUER, RF
Bats R. .240 avg. 26 HR. Aggressive, mean competitor with one of great arms in baseball; don't run on him. Has had bad year average-wise, but don't let that fool you—look at his home-run figures and 93 RBIs; he can hit the long ball. Can be fooled by a curve, and right-handers can side-arm him effectively. Most daring Yankee base runner.
1 BILLY MARTIN, 2B
Bats R. .268 avg. 9 HR. This his meat; always a scrapper, he soars to the heights in a World Series. Sparkplug of Yankee infield, solid defensive man, sure on double play. Lacks real speed but runs bases well, takes chances, will steal. Not much power, sprays hits to all fields, tough in clutch. Likes pitch up high; work ball around down low.
12 GIL McDOUGALD, SS
Bats R. .308 avg. 12 HR. After playing second and third, took over at short this year as though he owned it. Tremendous versatility helps Stengel maneuver entire Yankee infield. Outstanding fast-ball hitter; use fast ball only as waste pitch, curve him, change up, move ball around. Has fair power, good speed, runs bases well, will bunt and steal.
14 BILL SKOWRON, 1B
Bats R. .306 avg. 21 HR. Packs great power to all fields but has hit in streaks this year. Casey no longer platoons him against left-handers. Pitch him fast and very tight, try to make him chase low one occasionally. Hits curve well, murders anything high and across outside corner. Only fair defensively but improving. Deceptively fast.
17 ENOS SLAUGHTER, LF
Bats L. .278 avg. 2 HR. In short Series, old (40) Country could look like a sophomore. Still gets his hits, hustles all the time, adequate defensively if a little slower. Looked great in late-season Yankee games and must rate ahead of Rookie Siebern, Second-year Man Howard. Likes a high pitch he can pull but will slap the outside pitch to left. Keep ball low.
6 ANDY CAREY, 3B
Bats R. .237 avg. 7 HR. Good defensive infielder with strong arm, one of best at handling bunts. At plate gets by on determination, and is not standout hitter. Will hit to opposite field a lot, good on hit-and-run, power only fair. Good stuff down low and away will get him out; curve him, use changeup. Has fair speed, runs bases well, will steal.
15 JOE COLLINS, 1B-OF
Bats L. .229 avg. 7 HR. Not a high-average hitter but a very dangerous one; No. 1 Yankee pinch-hitter against right-handers, is famed for breaking up tight games. Murders low balls. Will probably see little action in outfield, barring injuries, but may sub for Skowron. A magician with the glove at first base, less talented defensively in outfield.
BOARD OF STRATEGY
37 Casey Stengel made it look easy as he sent the Yankees off fast for their seventh pennant under his leadership. Still the master juggler, Casey plays percentages all the way. Any gambles he makes are based on sound theory. 33 BILL DICKEY handles the first-base coaching box, while 2 FRANKIE CROSETTI sends the runners home from third. 31 JIM TURNER is responsible for the pitchers.
The New York bench gives Stengel the working room he needs. 42 JERRY COLEMAN (R) and 20 BILLY HUNTER (R) are valuable utility infielders who can play second, short or third. 32 ELSTON HOWARD (R), a fair outfielder and good catcher, hits with power. 41 BOB CERV (R), a power hitting pinch-hitter, and Rookie 36 NORM SIEBERN (L) are adequate outfield replacements. Infielder 40 TOM CARROLL (R), Catcher 29 CHARLIE SILVERA (R) and Outfielder 39 GEORGE WILSON (L) will see little action. 55 BOB GRIM (R), NO. 1 reliever, could start. 28 TOM
MORGAN (R), 30 RIP COLEMAN (L) and 22 MICKEY McDERMOTT (L) will be used mainly in relief.