Nickname(s): Milkman Jim
RHP 1937-45 Braves , Reds, Yankees
In 1937, 33-year-old rookie Jim Turner and 30-year-old rookie Lou Fette each won
20 games for the fifth-place Boston Bees (Braves). Turner's 2.38 ERA and 24 complete
games led the NL. At one point he threw 31 consecutive scoreless innings; he and
Fette tied for the league lead with five shutouts. Relying on control and a low curveball,
he remained in Boston's rotation through 1939, then went 14-7 for the 1940 World
Champion Reds. He relieved for the Yankees until he was forty-two, saving a league-high
ten games in his final season, 1945. "He knows all
there is to know about pitching,"
said skipper Joe McCarthy. After managing in the minors for three years, he served
as a pitching coach for the Yankees (1949-59, 1966-73) and Reds (1961-65). He was
credited with developing Vic Raschi into a winner and convincing Ed Lopat that his
inability to win in the spring was 100% mental. In all, he spent over a half century
in a pro baseball uniform. Milkman Jim worked for his family's dairy in the winters.