See larger Bob Turley was a hard-throwing right-hander who called Marco Island his winter home. Turley's best season was 1958, when he won 21 games and lost seven for the Yankees. As a result, he won the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year (over candidates such as Wilt Chamerlain and Arnold Palmer), the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, and the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. Turley picked up the nickname 'Bullet Bob' in Baltimore, but not because he threw harder than anybody else. Look magazine wanted to time his fastball for a story. They borrowed a bullet timer from Aberdeen Proving Grounds and set it on home plate. Turley fired his fastball through the bullet timer at just over 98. By today's standards, with radar guns aimed at the pitcher's release point, that would be 103. A fastball loses about five mph by the time it reaches the plate.

Courtesy of the Marco Island Historical Society

Bob Turley was a hard-throwing right-hander who called Marco Island his winter home. Turley's best season was 1958, when he won 21 games and lost seven for the Yankees. As a result, he won the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year (over candidates such as Wilt Chamerlain and Arnold Palmer), the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, and the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. Turley picked up the nickname "Bullet Bob" in Baltimore, but not because he threw harder than anybody else. Look magazine wanted to time his fastball for a story. They borrowed a bullet timer from Aberdeen Proving Grounds and set it on home plate. Turley fired his fastball through the bullet timer at just over 98. By today's standards, with radar guns aimed at the pitcher's release point, that would be 103. A fastball loses about five mph by the time it reaches the plate.

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