He had gotten his career off to a somewhat mediocre start. In three seasons with the St Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles, he was 16-22, though he did lead the AL in strikeouts in 1954.
But for one season, Bob Turley was the best pitcher in baseball, followed by a MVP performance in the World Series.
Turley was traded to the Yankees in 1954 along with Don Larsen and others. His first year in New York, he won 17 games and helped the Yankees win the AL pennant.
His breakout year was 1958. That year he won 21 games with 19 complete games with an ERA of 2.67, winning the Cy Young Award. In the World Series, he was knocked out early in game 2 against the Braves. But he came back to throw a shutout in game 5, save game 6, and get the win in relief in the deciding game 7 to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit by the Yankees. For his efforts, he was named World Series MVP.
He later pitched for the Angels and Red Sox. He retired in 1963 with 101 wins.
After retirement, he served as a pitching coach for the Red Sox for one year.
When he left baseball he became a representative for Primerica Financial Services. He reportedly made $2 million with Primerica. He eventually retired and gave half the business to his son and half to his secretary. He now lives in retirement in Georgia.