Don Drysdale was one of the top pitchers of the 1960's. He helped led the Dodgers to become World Champs in 1959, 1963 & 1965. His hurling also helped bring the Dodgers a pennant in 1966. Drysdale twice won more than 20 games in a season including a Cy Young Award in 1962 with a 25-9 record, ERA of 2.83 while pitching in 314 innings. In 1965, he was 23-12, ERA of 2.77. He tossed six consecutive shutouts; a still standing major league record and did not yield a run in 57 straight innings.
Don Drysdale, 6'6", 220 lbs. was a side arming thrower that would intimidate the hitters. He led the league in hit batsman from 1958 through 1961 and holds the NL record of 154 hit batsmen. Drysdale often stated "It was part of the game; if one of my team mates got knocked down, then I would knock down two on the other team". A good hitting pitcher, Drysdale hit 29 career home runs and in 1965 he batted .300 with 7 home runs. He was the first pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers history to hit a grand slam home run, August 9 1961 against the Milwaukere Brewers.
Don Drysdale was voted to the Hall of Fame in 1984. Career stats: 209-166, winning pct. 557, ERA 2.95, innings 3,432, strikeouts ,shutouts 49 games started 465, completed 167 games. Baseball History