James Riley Turner
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Jim Turner, a former major league pitcher and a
longtime New York Yankees pitching
He spent 51 consecutive seasons in professional
baseball as a player and a coach.
Turner entered minor league baseball at the age of
19 and it took him 12 seasons
He was an instant success. In his first season with the Boston Braves, Turner posted a 20-11 record with a 2.38 ERA in 256.2 innings pitched. He followed that up with a 14-18 effort in 1938. He was named to the All-Star team in 1938.
He suffered through a 4-11 effort with the Braves
in 1939 before he was traded to
The Reds traded the 38-year-old pitcher to the Yankees in 1942 and New York used him as a relief pitcher. He posted 19 saves for the Yankees from the time of the trade until his playing career ended in 1945.
He pitched in the 1940 and 1942 World Series and
posted a career 0-1 record in 7
His nickname of the "Milkman Jim" was a reference
to his off-season job of
After his playing career ended, he was pitching
coach for the Yankees from
He stayed with Cincinnati through the 1965 season
and returned to the Yankees in