Former Center Fielder
"Mel Harder. He had one of the best curve balls I've ever seen and was particularly tough on right-handed hitters like me. All he had to do was put his glove on and I was through. He's now doing a wonderful job teaching other kids that wonderful curve of his and how to use their heads."
"Robin Roberts. He has terrific speed and great control, which is most apt to stop me. He hardly ever gives me, or anyone else, a favorite pitch to hit. He's so tough that I'm particularly proud of the two homers I hit off him last year when he beat us three times and lost only once."
"Any pitcher is tough to hit at a given time, but Curt Simmons, the Phillies' great left-hander has given me the most trouble. He is deceptive because of his unusual delivery and his variety of pitches. His sharp breaking curve and his fast ball are hard to match in either league."
Kansas City Athletics
"Bob Lemon gives me the most trouble hitting the long ball. In all the times he has pitched to me in the last seven years, I've gotten just one home run. What's he got? A head, a heart and a variety of pitches. He keeps the ball where I can't pull it. My long drives generally go to center field."
August 7, 1955
St. Louis Cardinals
"Kenny Raffensberger. He had pin-point control and never gave me a good ball to hit. The ball always looked bigger when he was pitching and I'd go for the long ball instead of to the opposite field. Just as I'd swing, the ball seemed to do something and I seldom hit it solidly."
"Two pitchers in the National League usually have me buffaloed—Robin Roberts of the Phillies and Bob Rush of the Cubs. They've been tough ever since I got into the big time. I wish I knew why. Then I'd know my weak points. I don't know what my average is against them, but brother, it's low."
"Mister, they're all tough, particularly in a tight spot. But the toughest of them all are those great Cleveland pitchers, Lemon, Wynn and Garcia. They're rough because they have every pitch a hurler needs and the experience that goes with it. They won the pennant for Cleveland last year."
"Frank Sullivan, the big right-hander, is the toughest of all. Sully has a terrific pitching motion which helps keep the batter off balance. In addition, he has excellent control, a variety of good pitches, and real pitching savvy for a youngster who hasn't been in the big leagues too long."
"Early in my career, they were all tough. Later on a high school pitcher could give me trouble. But the pitcher who gave me the most trouble was Johnny Allen, with the Yankees and the Indians. He threw hard and with a side arm. He was particularly tough with men on bases."
Former Outfielder and Manager
Red Sox and Indians
"Doc White, a very clever left-hander who pitched for the Chicago White Sox. He knew just where to place his infielders and outfielders so they would look like 'ten pins' when I came to bat. I often hit the ball right on the line, but usually right at one of his fielders."
"Howie Pollet of the Chicago Cubs. He is a tantalizing pitcher. He throws with different speeds and has great control. My timing is off when he's on the mound. Sure, I get a hit off him now and then, but they are dinky hits that fall just beyond the infielders, not solid smashes."
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