18 WHITEY FORD
Throws L. Record 19-5. ERA 2.52. One of the most highly respected pitchers in majors; at his best in the tough game. Seems small, but big enough to throw good fast ball off excellent curve. Has puzzling changeup, sound knowledge of hitters. Pitches to spots. Would rather walk dangerous man than give him fat pitch. Has superb pickoff move to first.
53 JOHNNY KUCKS
Throws R. Record 18-8. ERA 3.81. Developed into one of league's best after only two years of organized ball following mediocre 8-7 record as big league rookie last year. Keeps ball low, has good speed and excellent curve. Control, which hurt him at times in '55, has been no problem this year. Tall and slender, moves and fields position well.
47 TOM STURDIVANT
Throws R. Record 15-8. ERA 3.26. Another second-year man whose performance was even bigger surprise than that of Kucks; took up great deal of slack left by failure of McDermott, mediocre showing of Larsen, Turley, Byrne. Has good fast ball that moves, tailing away from right-hand batter and highly effective knuckler. A real battler.
23 TOMMY BYRNE
Throws L. Record 7-3. ERA 3.48. Early-season illness has left him far behind brilliant 16-5 comeback record of '55. Still very tough in spots. Has good fast ball and curve but big pitch is slider. Control, once a problem, is good. Sometimes talks to hitters, works fast and with great relaxation; almost impossible to rattle. One of baseball's best hitting pitchers.
18 DON LARSEN
Throws R. Record 10-5. ERA 3.40. Very erratic but tougher than nails when right. Big, hard-throwing fast-baller who can overpower the hitter but does not depend on speed alone; has good slider, throws occasional knuckler, this year developed an effective change of pace. Temperamental and sometimes rattles easily. Very good hitter.
19 BOB TURLEY
Throws R. Record 8-4. ERA 4.89. Big, strong and powerful—but wild. Yankees are still waiting for him to live up to potential. Fast ball blazes, but when he begins to aim it in attempt to gain control, he's easy to hit. Appears to have lost confidence, has had poor season. Curve is weak; needs another pitch. Like most Yankee pitchers, is good hitter.
7 MICKEY MANTLE, CF
Bats L-R. .356 avg. 51 HR. Heir apparent to Ruth despite late-season slump. Can beat you a dozen ways. Tremendous power from either side, wonderful speed on bases or in field, powerful arm. Will hit it over fence or bunt for hit. Pitch him high and tight, slip in occasional curve, move ball around—and pray. Only 24, this is his fifth World Series.
8 YOGI BERRA, C
Bats L. .301 avg. 29 HR. Probably best clutch hitter in the game. Smacks vicious line drives toward close right-field stands in stadium; play him tight around to right. Pitch him high and inside, slip fast ball across on outside after setting it up—but don't try this often. No. 1 catcher in baseball; strong arm, never stops hustling.