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Former Cy Young winner Turley passes away at 82

Former Cy Young Award winner Bob Turley passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. The cause was liver cancer, his son, Terry, told The Baltimore Sun.

Turley, who spent most of his playing days with the Yankees, had lived in Alpharetta, Ga., and died in hospice care at Lenbrook, a retirement community in Atlanta.

Known for his electric fastball, "Bullet Bob" blew away hitters in the 1950s and early '60s, notching 101 wins and 1,265 strikeouts in his 12-year career. The right-hander made three All-Star appearances, but his career reached its pinnacle in '58.

Along with achieving his third All-Star selection that year, Turley won the Cy Young Award and earned World Series MVP Award honors after keying one of the greatest Fall Classic comebacks of all-time. Turley won a league-best 21 games to go along with a 2.97 ERA, 19 complete games and six shutouts in 33 regular season appearances (31 starts), but none were as vital as his final three outings in the World Series.

With the Yankees trailing the Milwaukee Braves, 3-1, after the first four games, Turley threw a shutout in Game 5, earned a 10th-inning save in Game 6 and picked up the victory in the decisive Game 7 by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Turley, who also spent three seasons with the Browns/Orioles and split his final season between the Red Sox and Angels, finished his career 101-85 with a 3.64 ERA.

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