, a quiet, serious man, was aloof from the practical jokes and the beer drinking, but he was respected by most of his teammates for his friendly nature and his passion for improving himself by reading books on finance, business, and real estate. For some of the hitters Turley
became an integral aid, because he was probably the premier student of opposing pitchers, and he could tell the hitters whether a fast ball or a curve was coming.
"I simply had the ability to pick up signs from opposing pitchers," Turley said. "I picked up a tremendous amount of them and relayed them to Mickey, and I also picked up many of them where there was no relay. I would just tell Mickey, and Mickey would just see for himself what the pitcher was doing to give away what pitch he was going to throw. And very often, when he was up at the plate, he knew what pitch was coming. And he really loved to hit with signs. Usually there would be a tremendous amount of noise going on when Mickey came up to the plate, and it would be very difficult to hear voice commands, but I have a very shrill whistle that overcomes everything else, and I signalled Mickey that way. Everyone in the league knew what I was doing, but they didn't know the code Mickey and I had worked out. We had a system where we would start off where every pitch would be a curve ball unless I whistle. And then after my first whistle, he looks for all fast balls. The next time I whistle it's a curve ball and so on. They used to think they had us all confused. They'd say, 'He's whistling on the wrong pitches.' But we weren't confused. And any time Mickey would lose count, he would touch the top of his cap, and we would start all over again. There were a lot of pitchers in the league who tipped off their pitches. We had their signs all the years there. I called a tremendous amount of home runs for Mickey in the big leagues - just a tremendous amount.