Golden Baseball Magazine
August 23, 2014

Andy Pettitte on his friend and former teammate Derek Jeter's final year: "Derek needs to appreciate this. He hates it -€“ this is going to be torture for him -€“ but the game is going to miss him."

Cardinals Clubhouse

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    The Cardinals used the firing of their GM as motivation to vindicate him.

  • Cardinals Quiz - First Redbird to league the NL in HRs

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Even the Greats Have Bad Days

Don Drysdale started Game 1 of the 1965 World Series for the Dodgers because Sandy Koufax was observing Yom Kippur.

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Stat Comparison

Future Hall of Famers roamed CF for all three Big Apple ball clubs in the 1950s.

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The Ultimate Game

1957: Braves @ Yankees

Ebbulient NL President Warren Giles proclaimed it "the most popular victory in the history of baseball."

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How Would You Rule?

Broken bat hits ball

Baseball Quiz

Top Ten batters in total hits
Whistle While You Work
Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-1964, Peter Golenbock (1975)

P Bob Turley helped Mickey Mantle immensely from the dugout.

Bob Turley

Mickey Mantle
Turley, 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.
"It got so that when I wasn't pitching and wasn't doing too well and wanted to go to the bullpen 'cause I wanted to get into the game, the hitters would go Stengel and say, 'Get him back here on the bench.' They wouldn't let me go to the bull­pen. In fact there was one time when I had an injury, and they put me on the disabled list, and I had to sit in the stands, and they had a special seat for me so I could be close to home plate to call the signs."