This year's Grand Marshal for the 2011 Cy Young Days Festival will be 1958 Cy Young Award winner Bob Turley.
"We're excited because it's another one of the Major League Baseball players coming to Newcomerstown," festival treasurer Gary Chaney said.
Chaney said Turley will arrive in Newcomerstown on Friday, June 24 and leave Saturday, June 25. The special luncheon in his honor will most likely be moved from Sunday to Saturday of the festival.
Festival Chairman Janet Chaney said the parade on Saturday night might also be moved up to accommodate Turley's appearance in Newcomerstown. She's hoping that the parade will be even bigger than years before.
"We'd like for all the community organizations and businesses to put an entry in the parade this year," Janet Chaney said.
Games, more rides for the kids, basket auction, Hit-a-Thon, Cy Young Run, entertainment (with bands on three nights), and much more is planned for the festival this year.
The festival is set for June 23-26 in downtown Newcomerstown.
Biography of Robert Turley
Robert Lee "Bullet Bob" Turley was born in Troy, Ill., in 1930, and signed with the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent in 1948. He debuted on Sept. 29, 1951.
Turley used a non-windup delivery, turning to the simplified motion to improve his control. He led the AL in bases on balls in 1954, 1955 and 1958. "Bullet Bob" threw in the 93-mph range and was the league's strikeout king with the 1954 Orioles, fanning 10 or more 17 times.
Turley pitched in five Yankee World Series. In 1956, he shut out the Dodgers through nine innings of Game Six, only to lose 1-0 when Jackie Robinson singled in the winning run in the tenth inning on a fly misjudged by Enos Slaughter.
In 1958, he was named the Major League Player of the Year, American League The Sporting News' Pitcher of the Year and Major League World Series Most Valuable Player. That year, he won 21 games and lost only seven.
He played for the Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox and Browns during his career which was from 1951 to 1963.
Turley lost his fastball in 1959 and turned to a curveball. Bone chips were found in his elbow, requiring surgery. He never again won more than nine games. A master at picking up opposing hurlers' pitches, he helped his Yankee teammates, particularly Mickey Mantle, by whistling to let them know what was coming.
He pitched his final game on Sept. 21, 1963.
In 1964, Turley spent one season as pitching coach of the Red Sox before leaving baseball. Later on, Turley became a representative for Primerica Financial Services earning more than he did as a professional baseball player. He retired from the business and gave half of his business to his son and the other half to his secretary. He now resides in Georgia.
Turley was also mentioned in a song called, "St. Louis Browns," by former Byrds bass guitar player Skip Battin. He is described as a "no-hit pitcher" who "got too surley" and who was "traded ... too early."