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Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale (Baseball. Born, Van Nuys, CA, July 23, 1936; died, Montreal, P.Q., Canada, July 3, 1993.) Signed in June 1954, Donald Scott Drysdale made the big leagues in 1956. Drysdale, an intimidating 6’6” righthander, was 11-11 at Montreal in 1955 and made the Brooklyn club the following spring training. He was 5-5 and gave up two runs in the seventh inning of the fourth game in relief in his only World Series appearance. In 1957, Drysdale, flashing the form that would lead to his Cy Young status, was 17-9. He was, however, the starter and loser for Brooklyn in the last game against the Giants in New York, Sept. 9 at the Polo Grounds. After the Dodgers went to Los Angeles in 1958, Drysdale blossomed. His active career ended in 1969 with a 209-166 record. Drysdale then became a successful broadcaster (ABC-TV and the Dodgers) and married basketball star Ann Meyers.

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