"Now Ford is a different case altogether. He had the stuff when he came up and the ability to use it. You never saw such confidence; he always had the guts of a burglar. Sometimes you can get too confident—but he was all right. And he never quit learning and working. He has speed and the curve and the changeup and control, too.
"Shantz can throw a little bit of everything—fast ball, curve, change-up, slider, sinker. He had trouble with his arm there for a few years, but we took a chance on him and last year he showed us he was ready to pitch again. If you remember, he started off just like this a year ago, won nine games, I think it was, and lost only one. Did he get tired? Yes, he did, but the reason was because Ford got hurt and we had to use Shantz maybe a little too often to plug the gap. I don't think that will happen this year.
"I don't know too much about Maglie, but he's done a real good job for us and he knows what he's doing out there. Of course, he's older and getting along toward the end of his career and what I say about continuing improvement may not apply to him. Anyway, he's a good man to have around.
"Duren, now, he throws the ball about as hard as anybody I know. Harder than Larsen, harder even than Turley. I haven't seen Score yet this year but I don't think even Score is any faster than this boy. And what nobody seems to realize is that he has a terrific slider, too. The hitters can tell you all about it. And he has a changeup, and now he also has control. That's because he has worked so hard on it.
"Now you take Sturdivant and Kucks. Those two boys are just liable to be the pitchers that win a pennant in July and August. Sturdivant's arm has been a little sore and now he has to pitch his way back into a job. But when he got his big chance last year with Ford out and some of the others missing a turn or two, he really came through. Led the team in innings pitched and won 16 games. He has a good fast ball and a change. Kucks is a few years younger than the others—except for Maglie, who is over 40, and Shantz, who is about 32, they're all 27 or 28 or 29—but he's already a real good pitcher. Depends on breaking stuff, and last year he was up here too much, wasn't keeping his stuff down. You can't hang those curves up there and get away with it very long. But he looks all right now.
"Grim? Well, he won 20 games one year, didn't he? And Ditmar. He won 12 games with an eighth-place team at Kansas City. They're both good pitchers. The only trouble is we haven't had much opportunity to use them. On a staff like this it's tough to break in when everybody is going so well. But sooner or later they'll get their chance—and they'll be ready.
"That's the secret. This is not one or two men, it's a pitching staff. Every year they say our pitching is weak because we don't have a bunch of 20-game winners. Well, we don't have many 20-game winners because we can't afford to keep a pitcher in there for his regular turn when he's not sharp. We're always fighting for a pennant, and if one pitcher can't do the job, there's always someone else who can. Or at least someone who deserves the chance to try. So we have a lot of pitchers with 13-5 and 12-4 and 16-6 records and that's better than a few 20-game winners and not much else.
"I guess this may be the best pitching staff the Yankees have had. Now we have 10 good pitchers right down the line. There's no reason why they can't keep on winning. But you come around on September 28 and ask me and I'll tell you for sure.
"Anyway, you don't want to talk to me about pitching. You better go talk to Casey."
Said Casey: "You might say the pitching looks pretty good. Which don't make me a bit mad."