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|Roy Cullenbine with the Yankees in 1942. He hit .263 in their five-game World Series defeat.|
"Cullenbine wouldn't swing the bat, (Browns president Bill) DeWitt recalled. "(Manager Luke) Sewell would give him the hit sign and he'd take it, trying to get the base on balls. Laziest human being you ever saw."
"He would not swing at a ball unless it was a strike, you could almost bet on that. ... He concentrated on it in batting practice. You might throw him five or six pitches and they weren't more than just that far from the plate ... and he wouldn't swing at it. He would get you aggravated ... because if they all did that we wouldn't finish batting practice."
"Someone estimated we lost at least 15 games last season because of Cullenbine's play around first. Roy is a fine hitter and a good outfielder, but he's not a first baseman. The rest of our infield should be much better because the players can throw the ball without worrying whether Cullenbine will come up with it. Last year the infielders would hesitate after coming up with a grounder, trying to make sure they made only perfect throws. Even then Roy didn't always get them."