Don Drysdale debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers at the age of nineteen in 1956, and along with Sandy Koufax would become one of the most dominant pitching duos in the history of the game. He was an intimidating, hard-throwing right-hander who threw with a deceiving sidearm delivery, and had a reputation throughout the league as a brushback pitcher. His career 154 hit batsmen is still an NL record. “Big D” would pitch for 14 seasons and be named to the National League All-Star squad 8 times. He would lead the NL in strikeouts 3 times and post career numbers of 2486 strikeouts, 49 shutouts, 2.95 lifetime ERA and a 209-166 record. He was the 1962 NL Cy Young Award winner, and a member of 5 pennant winning Dodger teams. In 1968, he set a then major league record by pitching 58 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He pitched six consecutive shutouts. Also known as a great hitting pitcher, he hit 29 career homeruns and twice hit 7 in a season. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1984, and his #53 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers that same year.
April 24, 2015