One afternoon the Yankee team was hanging around a swimming pool in Lutherville, Maryland, located near Baltimore. Bob Turley, a former Yankee pitcher, lived there and had invited Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Bob Cerv, “Moose” Skowron and Roger Maris over for a swim. Roger Maris had just joined the team. Mickey Mantle told Roger Maris that he used to be the Oklahoma State swimming champion. Roger was impressed. Mickey laid it on thick. He told Roger about doing triple back flips and setting the state record for the 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter butterfly. What Roger didn’t know was that Mickey Mantle couldn’t swim a lick. So finally, Roger challenged Mickey to a contest to swim from one end of the pool to the other. Whitey Ford realizing that Mantle was baiting Maris grabbed one of the big pool-cleaning brooms. This broom is plastic and about 10 feet long. So Mantle and Maris lined up side by side and someone hollered “Go.” As soon as Mantle hit the water, Ford stuck the broom handle in the water and Mantle grabbed hold. Then Ford ran as fast as he could down to the end of the pool, pulling Mantle to the other end. Mantle then got out of the pool and sat in a chair with his legs crossed. Mantle said, smiling, “Ford was pulling me so fast I was leaving a wake in the pool.” Maris came flying to the end and touched the wall with his hand and looked up to see Mantle sitting there in the pool chair. Maris said, “How the hell did you do that.” Then everyone started laughing, including Roger.