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Bob Turley
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Baseball Player
    (September 19, 1930-March 30, 2013)
    Born in Troy, Illinois
    Pitcher for the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Oiroles (1951,1953-54), New York Yankees (1955-62), Los Angeles Angels (1963) and Boston Red Sox (1963)
    101-85 career win-loss record
    3.64 ERA
    1,265 strikeouts
    Three-time All Star (1954-55,1958)
    Cy Young Award Winner (1958)
    World Series MVP (1958)
    He was described as having 'a ski jump nose like Bob Hope.'
    He led the AL in walks three seasons (1954-55,1958).
    He was part of the largest trade in Major League history, a 17 player swap between the Yankees and Orioles.
    He developed bone spurs in his elbow (1959), lost his fastball, and was never again a dominant pitcher.
    Roy Campanella said of his fastball, 'Maybe he was using a little gun to fire that ball up there.'
    With the Yankees down 3-1 to the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 World Series, he pitched a shutout in Game 5, picked up an extra-inning save in Game 6, and won Game 7 after relieving Don Larsen.
    He was an expert at picking up opposing pitchers' tics and using them to signal the incoming pitch to his teammates.
    Mickey Mantle said Turley tipped him off for half of his Major League home runs. (Turley's response: 'Mickey exaggerated a bit. It was good for my ego.')
    After retiring from baseball, he sold life insurance and financial services, earning far more than he did as a ballplayer.
    He said, 'I can't understand some of these players today. Nothing ever bothered me, signing autographs, doing interviews. You have all the privacy you want when you get out of the game.'

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