“Bullet Bob” Turley passes away at age 82

Open Thread: 3/30 Camp Notes
Must-Click Link: The Birth of an Albatross

Via Ian Duncan: Long-time Yankees right-hander “Bullet Bob” Turley passed away on Saturday morning after a bout with liver cancer. He was 82.

Turley, who pitched for the Yankees from 1955-1962, won the 1958 Cy Young Award after going 21-7 with a 2.97 ERA (4.04 FIP). He was named World Series MVP the same year. Turley spent parts of 12 years in the show and also pitched for the Browns, Angels, and Red Sox. Supposedly there is some distant relation to current Yankees farmhand Nik Turley — I remember Michael Kay mentioning it during a Spring Training broadcast — but I can’t find anything to confirm that. Condolences go out to Turley’s family and friends.

Open Thread: 3/30 Camp Notes
Must-Click Link: The Birth of an Albatross
  • hornblower

    He was great in the 1958 World Series. He and Don Larsen used the no windup delivery. I always think that pitchers who have control problems should try it. Rest in Peace.

    • kenthadley

      He gave his all in the 58 series, and was never the same after it. He started, relieved and closed when the Yanks were down 3 games to 1…sort of David Cone’d but for a championship instead of a perfecto. He lit sparklers in the dugout after a Yankee homerun in Chicago in 59 to counter the White Sox exploding scoreboard that year. Was the late 50’s version of Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi.

  • toad

    I remember Turley quite well and quite fondly. Back then the daily box score in the newspaper was often headed by a quote or rhyme.

    Turley started strongly in 1958, winning several games in a row before his first loss. One box score I recall was titled “Yanks burly with Turley.”

    RIP, Bullet Bob.

  • Bob Buttons

    RIP Mr. Turley.

    In other notes, Nik and Bob are probably not closely related, and they didn’t know if they were, back in 2008.


    On former Yankees pitcher “Bullet Bob” Turley: “I know that he was the MVP of the World Series, in 1958, and that he was in the majors for a while. My dad actually talked to him after I signed, and that was pretty cool. He gave me some tips and stuff like that. Hopefully I’ll be the next Turley in New York.”


    Post number 36, by Turley’s dad (I think)
    “Sorry, forgot to mention that we don’t know if we’re related to Bullet Bob Turley”

    However, The Charleston RiverDogs claim that it’s some distant third cousin thing.


  • RetroRob

    Bob Turley and Nik Turley are related, but it’s a distant link.

  • Bob Buttons

    Distant Third Cousin, according to the official twitter for the RiverDogs.


  • LarryM Fl

    I watched Bob Turley pitch as a youngster. He was every bit a special part of the Yankees dynasty. The Yankee rotation was always a dominant factor along with the punishing hitting attack.

    The times then were simpler. There was less drama in part because of the limited technology. Remember no internet, video phones, Ipads etc.

  • TomH

    Sad news. The 1958 series was my favorite as a Yankee fan because of the way he pitched and the way they came back from that 3-1 deficit, when the Braves were beginning to gloat.

  • adjusts batting gloves

    From the passing of one great Yankee, to the contemporary saga of the Yankee we love to hate:

    Very good article in the Times about the A-Rod contract fiasco…

    If the article is to be believed, we can not only thank Goldman Sachs for screwing up the world economy while making billions, we can also thank them for screwing up the Yankees!

    Maybe worth a separate thread, Mike?

  • Tyler

    Does anyone know of any good material (books, article, etc.) on the 1958 Series?

  • pounder

    Bob Turley was forever getting into early inning trouble until Casey(Jim Turner maybe) had him warm up earlier in the pen and then 20 or so minutes later would go the traditional route and warm up along the sidelines in front of the Yankee dugout.It sort of worked. I remember him getting snowed out after a few innings at the home opener in ’59’ or 60′.He would whistle to Mickey when he spotted a pitchers sign and The Mick would always credit him whenever he connected.
    Another bit of my past gone.
    P.S. He was traded to NY for the recently departed Gus Triandos with whom he had operated a business in the Baltimore area,and was considered a very smart business man as well as being veruy astute financal(sp) over all.

  • pounder

    Also, Turley is the only Oriole pitcher to lead the league in strike outs.

  • barbara davis

    Not only was this man a great ball player,but he was a great man.He was a very caring and kind person to everyone.