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Orel Hershiser

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser

Profession: Baseball Pitcher

United States of America

Biography: Hershiser is a former three-time All-Star baseball pitcher who, during his tenure at the Los Angeles Dodgers, was given the nickname 'Bulldog' by manager Tommy Lasorda. At age eight, Hershiser finished third in the national youth hit, run, and throw competition.

Hershiser played Little League Baseball until he was twelve years old, when his parents moved to Toronto, Canada. When the family moved to New Jersey, he quickly got back into baseball–during which period he set a record single game strike-outs, taking out 15 batters in a 1976 high school game.

Selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hershiser played minor league baseball for several years before making his MLB debut on September 1, 1983.

After playing almost two decades, and a number of impressive achievements, the Dodgers let Hershiser go in 2000. Since then he has offered his services to baseball teams and worked as a baseball analyst.

Born: September 16, 1958
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Historical Events

  • 1984-06-29 Orel Hershiser begins string of making every sched start until 1990
  • 1986-02-20 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration
  • 1988-10-20 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's, 5-2 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to clinch 4-1 series win: MVP: LA pitcher Orel Hershiser
  • 1988-11-10 Orel Hershiser (23-8) is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award
  • 1989-02-16 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signs $7.9M-3 year contract
  • 1989-04-05 Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser's consecutive scoreless streak of 59 innings ends
  • 1989-08-28 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0
  • 1990-04-27 Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery

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