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Don Drysdale

MLB Player Don Drysdale

Full Name: Donald Scott Drysdale
Profession: MLB Player

United States of America

Why Famous: Drysdale, who went to school with Robert Redford, started his career as a right-handed pitcher with the Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers in 1956. In 1962 he won 25 games and the Cy Young Award, recognising for best pitcher in Major League Baseball.

After his Major League Baseball career, Drysdale would go on to a sports broadcasting career which lasted from 1970 until his death in 1993. He was also inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Born: July 23, 1936
Birthplace: Van Nuys, California, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo

Died: July 3, 1993 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1959-04-11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • 1962-11-15 Don Drysdale wins Cy Young Award
  • 1965-09-30 LA Dodger Don Drysdale (23-12) wins 13th straight game, 7 by shutouts
  • 1966-02-28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • 1968-06-04 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings
  • 1968-06-08 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning
  • 1969-08-11 Future Baseball HOF'er Don Drysdale, the last LA Dodger to play in Brooklyn, retires because of damage to his right pitching shoulder
  • 1984-08-12 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 1988-09-28 LA Dodger Orel Herschiser breaks former Dodger Don Drysdale's record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings

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