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On this date in Yankees history: Bob Turley earns 1958 Cy Young Award

On this date in New York Yankees history, Bob Turley earned the Cy Young Award.

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Turley, who also finished second in AL MVP voting behind Jackie Jensen, topped Milwaukee Braves Hall of Fame southpaw hurler Warren Spahn, by a single vote.

Everything came together in 1958 for ‘Bullet Bob.’ An AL All-Star, Turley paced the Junior Circuit with 21 wins, a .750 winning percentage, 19 complete games. Turley also posted six shutouts and an ERA of 2.97.

To say Turley “sold his soul” to win a title is quite an understatement.

In winning the 1958 World Series MVP, ‘Bullet Bob’s” Bombers also edged Spahn’s Bravos in seven.

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Although he didn’t stick around long in Game 2, Turley earned a shutout victory with 10 K’s in Game 5, notched the save by recording the final out in the tenth inning of Game 6 and a day later earned the Game 7 victory by following Don Larsen in relief with 6.2 frames of one-run ball.

The Yankees exacted their revenge on ex-Yankee Lew Burdette and the Braves and Turley was a big part of winning the crown.

Unfortunately, he wouldn’t reach those heights again but in ’58, ‘Bullet Bob’ was simply great.