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BATTING: At 41, still tough at the plate, determined and dangerous in clutch. Line-drive hitter with enough power to reach short right-field stands in Yankee Stadium. Good fast-ball hitter, will wait for it. Will pull high inside pitch, punch outside pitch to left. Keep ball low, curve him.
FIELDING: Just adequate defensively. Has lost some speed, no longer makes the spectacular catch, arm only average.
BASE RUNNING: Hustles as hard as ever, still moves pretty well. Will go for extra base, but seldom tries to steal.
29 BOBBY RICHARDSON
BATTING: Midseason slump and injury hurt him, but average not indicative of ability. No power but very steady, hits everything sharply through middle. Good curve-ball hitter. Pitch him low, keep fast ball tight. Good hit-and-run man, good bunter.
FIELDING: This rookie looks like one of the best. Lightning reactions, wide range and great hands; gets ball away very fast. Works beautifully with either McDougald, Kubek on double play.
BASE RUNNING: Fair speed, very quick. Good base runner, smart, may try to steal.
16 WHITEY FORD
PITCHING: Missed half of season with sore shoulder but now rounding into top shape. Very determined, throws good fast ball, fast and slow curve, puzzling change-up slider. Studies hitters, almost never comes in with a fat pitch. Control can sometimes be a problem. Pitched opening game of last two Series.