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Don Drysdale from the Chronology
Jan 22, 1991 - Dodger announcer and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale is arrested on drunk driving charges following an accident in which a woman is injured.
Sep 28, 1988 - In his last start of the regular season Orel Hershiser pitches 10 shutout innings to extend his consecutive-scoreless-inning streak to 59 breaking Dodger Don Drysdale's ML record by one. San Diego's Andy Hawkins also pitches 10 shutout innings and the Padres eventually win 2-1 on Mark Parent's home run in the bottom of the 16th. Hershiser's streak gets some help when umpire Paul Runge makes an interference call at 2B on a run-scoring double play. Hershiser ends the month with a 5-0 record and an ERA of 0.00. His streak started on August 30th with 4 shutout innings against Montreal.
Jan 15, 1981 - In his first year of eligibility former Cardinals P Bob Gibson is the only person elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Players falling short of the 301 votes needed for election include Don Drysdale (243) Gil Hodges (241) Harmon Killebrew (239) Hoyt Wilhelm (238) and Juan Marichal (233).
Aug 17, 1969 - After the Pirates open with 5 runs in the first inning the Reds answer with 4 tallies as Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan the first two Reds hitters in the game belt homers off Pittsburgh's Steve Blass. It's a record-setting 2nd time this year that the duo has led off a game this way: Don Drysdale was greeted on April 7th with double dingers. It's Pittsburgh day however as they win 8-5.
Aug 11, 1969 - Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder. Drysdale is the last Brooklyn Dodger active with the Dodgers. Bob Aspromonte (1 AB) who retires in 1971 will be the last active Brooklyn Dodger member.
Jun 28, 1969 - After ending their 11-game losing streak yesterday San Diego suffers its second 19-0 shutout of the season as the Dodgers behind Don Drysdale match the NL-record shutout margin. The Dodgers score 10 in the 3rd to make it easy. Steve Arlin is the loser. Seven batters have 2 ribbies for the Dodgers with no one topping that.
Apr 7, 1969 - Bill Singer of the Dodgers is credited with the first official save‚ as Los Angeles defeats Cincinnati 3-2‚ scoring once in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd off Gary Nolan. All the Cincy scoring came in the opening inning when Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan hit Don Drysdale's first two pitches for home runs. Rose and Tolan will again hit consecutive homers to open a game in August.
Jul 9, 1968 - Appropriately pitching dominates the All-Star Game. Willie Mays playing in place of injured Pete Rose tallies an unearned run in the first inning against AL starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the day-the first All-Star effort to end 1-0. Don Drysdale Juan Marichal Steve Carlton Tom Seaver Ron Reed and Jerry Koosman hold the AL to 3 hits.
Jul 1, 1968 - A first inning wild pitch that eludes backup catcher Johnny Edwards allows a run to break Bob Gibson's streak of 472?3 innings of scoreless pitching (in which he allows just 21 hits) The Cards beat the Don Drysdale and the Dodgers in Los Angeles 8-1. Gibson will pitch 23 innings before giving up another run.
Jun 8, 1968 - Don Drysdale works 4 scoreless innings against Philadelphia before finally allowing a run after 58 2?3 shutout innings on Howie Bedell's sacrifice ?y. Bedell has no other RBI in 1968. Drysdale breaks the ML record of 56 consecutive scoreless innings set by Walter Johnson in 1913. The Dodgers win 5-3.
Jun 4, 1968 - With his 6th consecutive shutout 5-0 over the Pirates at Los Angeles Don Drysdale establishes two new ML records. He tops Doc White's 64-year-old mark of 5 shutouts and with 54 scoreless innings he breaks Carl Hubbell's NL string by 41?3 set in 1933.
May 31, 1968 - Don Drysdale's shutout streak apparently ends when Dick Dietz is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs in the 9th inning but umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules Dietz did not try to avoid the pitch. Coach Herman Franks argues the call so long he is tossed by Wendelstedt. Dietz then pops out and the next two batters make out. Los Angeles wins 3-0 and Drysdale's 5th straight shutout ties the ML record set in 1904 by Doc White.
May 26, 1968 - Los Angeles downs Houston 5-0 behind Don Drysdale's 4th straight shutout tying the NL record. It's Drysdale's 5th win of the year-all shutouts. Drysdale drives in the 1st run of the game with a single.
May 22, 1968 - The Cards fall 2-0 as the Dodgers Don Drysdale's streak reaches 3 consecutive scoreless games. Bob Gibson is the loser.
May 18, 1968 - Don Drysdale posts his 2nd consecutive shutout 1-0 over Houston.
May 14, 1968 - Dodger P Don Drysdale shuts out the Cubs 1-0. It is the 5th game in a row that the Dodgers have scored but one run tying a ML record held by 4 other teams. LA will score 3 tomorrow in a loss to the Cubs.
May 20, 1967 - At Wrigley the Cubs pound Los Angeles 20-3 to give Ken Holtzman (5-0) a win before he leaves tomorrow for a 6-month tour of duty in the Army. The hitting stars are Adolpho Phillips with 6 RBI Randy Hundley with a grand slam and Glenn Beckert with a double and an inside-the-park HR. Rounding out the scoring is Ted Savage's steal of home. In the Dodger dugout in 7th inning Don Drysdale waves a white handkerchief of surrender. Holtzman will pitch on weekend passes and tack on another 4 wins without a loss.
Apr 30, 1967 - San Francisco concludes its first 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium as Bob Bolin beats Don Drysdale 5-1.
Oct 9, 1966 - Dave McNally wraps up Baltimore's brilliant pitching display and a World Championship with a 4-hit 1-0 win. Frank Robinson's HR off Don Drysdale gives Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending champion Dodgers. The 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Baltimore are a WS record.
Oct 2, 1966 - Sandy Koufax clinches the 3rd Los Angeles pennant in 4 years working with just 2 days rest for a 6-3 win at Philadelphia. Koufax sets Los Angeles records with 27 wins and a 1.73 ERA. Philadelphia wins the first game beating reliever Don Drysdale behind Christ Short's 20th victory 4-3. Short is the first Philley lefty to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey in 1916.
Sep 15, 1966 - Don Drysdale (10-16) gives up two HRs in the 9th to Roberto Clements and Willie Stargell with 2 outs but holds on to give the Dodgers a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh. The Dodgers now lead the Bucs by 2 1/2 games. The Bucs and Dodgers will split the next 2 games.
Oct 6, 1965 - Minnesota's 6-run 3rd inning routs Dodger Don Drysdale subbing for Koufax and sparks an 8-2 Twins win in the first game of the WS. Jim Grant gets the win allowing just one hit a HR by Ron Fairly. Mincher and Versalles homer for the Twins. Koufax sits out the opener because it is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
Aug 27, 1965 - Dodger P Don Drysdale wins in Philadelphia but the Phils don't make it easy. Drysdale wins 9-8 to end his 9-game losing streak to the Phillies. He last beat them on June 1 1962 which was his 13th straight victory over the Phils.
Aug 19, 1965 - At San Francisco Don Drysdale faces Warren Spahn in the start of a critical four-game series. Drysdale last longer than Spahn allowing five runs through eleven innings and leaves with the game tied. The Dodgers win it in 15 innings 6-5.
Apr 17, 1965 - Don Drysdale ties a ML record by striking out 4 Phils-Wes Covington Tony Gonzalez Dick Stuart and Clay Dalrymple-in order in the 2nd inning but also gives up 2 HRs to lose 3-2. It is the 8th straight time the Phillies have beaten big Don.
Sep 9, 1964 - The Dodgers whip the Giants 8-1 behind Don Drysdale. Tommy Davis has a HR while Willie Davis has 4 RBI. Big Frank Howard hits a 3-run homer off Bob Hendley the 8th homer he's clubbed off him in 20 at bats including 4 consecutive last year (not in the same game).
Jun 28, 1963 - At Los Angeles the Braves Warren Spahn beats Don Drysdale three-hitting the Dodgers 1-0. It was the first time Spahn had beaten the Dodgers on their home grounds since Aug. 21 1948 (15 years). He'd lost 14 straight: 9 at Ebbets; 4 at Memorial Coliseum; and one at Chavez Ravine.
Aug 11, 1962 - The Dodgers protest the wetting down of the field at Candlestick a tactic they claim is to stop Maury Wills. Billy Pierce then hands 21-game winner Don Drysdale his 5th loss and the first after 11 straight wins as the Giants win 5-4 to take the 2nd game in their series. Willie McCovey's pinch-homer with two on is the big blow off Drysdale. The watering ploy earns Giants manager Alvin Dark the sobriquet "The Swamp Fox."
Jul 29, 1962 - Don Drysdale pushes his record to 19-4 as he completes a three-game Dodger sweep over the Giants winning 111. Howard has a HR and 3 singles to drive home 5 runs. Willie Mays accounts for the only Giants run with a HR. Los Angeles now leads the Giants by 4 games.
Jun 1, 1962 - The Dodgers sweep Philadelphia 11-4 and 8-5 for a Los Angeles record 13 straight wins. Don Drysdale and Stan Williams pitch the Bums into a first-place tie with the Giants. It is also Drysdale's 13th straight win over the Phils but they will beat him in his next 9 straight decisions against them. He won't beat the Phillies again until August 27 1965.
Aug 27, 1961 - With first place on the line after the Dodgers have won two games from them Cincinnati rallies from a 5-1 deficit to a 6-5 first-game win over Los Angeles. Gene Freese hits a 3-run homer in the 7th and Wally Post adds a 2-run double in the 8th. Rookie Ken Johnson is an 8-3 winner in the nightcap as the Reds pummel Don Drysdale. The sweep gives the Reds a 3 1?2 game lead in the NL.
Aug 14, 1961 - At Memorial Stadium the Cards Ernie Broglio allows just 5 Dodger hits in shutting out Los Angeles 5-0. Don Drysdale takes the loss. For the Dodgers this will be the start of a ten-game losing streak.
Aug 9, 1961 - The Dodgers win their 17th out of 20 to stay a game ahead of the Reds beating the Braves 8-3 Don Drysdale hits a grand slam off Don Nottebart in the 2nd and allows just 4 hits while striking out 11. Two of the 4 hits are homers by Joe Adcock.
Apr 11, 1961 - Robin Roberts ties Grover Cleveland Alexander's NL record with a 12th-straight Opening Day start but Philadelphia loses 6-2 to Don Drysdale and the Dodgers. Roberts is 5-6 on Opening Day.
Apr 12, 1960 - Chuck Essegian's 11th-inning pinch-hit HR beats the Cubs 3-2 before a record Opening Day crowd (67550) at Los Angeles. The HR is Essegian's 3rd straight as a pinch hitter including 2 in the 1959 WS. Don Drysdale pitches all the way striking out 14 for the win over Bob Elston.
Oct 4, 1959 - In Los Angeles the Dodgers win 3-1 behind the pitching of Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry. Carl Furillo's pinch 2-run single in the 7th is the difference. The 92394 in attendance sets a new WS mark.
Sep 29, 1959 - Milwaukee knocks Don Drysdale out of the game and take a 4-2 lead but the Dodgers come back to win Game 2 of the playoff 6-5 and take the NL pennant. Los Angeles overcomes a 5-2 9th-inning deficit to tie the game; they win it in the 12th when Gil Hodges scores from 2nd on Felix Mantilla's off-balance heave past 1B after a difficult chance on Carl Furillo's grounder. In the losing cause Braves slugger Eddie Mathews hits his 46th home run off Don Drysdale to win the NL home run title. Ernie Banks finishes with 45.
Sep 19, 1959 - In the 1st game of a doubleheader Johnny Antonelli in his 3rd bid to win his 20th game is beaten by Roger Craig 4-1. The Dodgers then take the 2nd game as well 5-3 behind Don Drysdale. The double loss leaves the Giants tied for 1st with the Dodgers with the Braves just a game back.
Aug 23, 1959 - The Pirates take a doubleheader from the Dodgers beating Don Drysdale in both games. As a starter Drysdale loses the opener then relieves in game 2. In the 10th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 out Drysdale hands out an intentional pass to get to Dick Groat who singles in the winning run. The win is Face's 16th of the year without a loss tying him with Hubbell's streak of 1936 and Blackwell's skein in 1947. The 4th place Pirates are now 8 games in back of the 1st place Giants.
Aug 18, 1959 - At Milwaukee the Dodgers stake Don Drysdale to a 5-1 lead after five innings but the Braves chip away and finally tie it with a run in the 9th. The Dodgers make it 6-5 in the 11th but Hank Aaron takes Drysdale deep to tie it up. Drysdale is finally relieved and LA wins it in the 13th 7-6.
Jul 7, 1959 - The NL defeats the AL 5-4 in the All-Star Game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Willie Mays knocks in Henry Aaron with the deciding run. Don Drysdale pitches perfect ball the first 3 innings.
Jun 30, 1959 - The Giants Sam Jones throws a 2-0 one-hitter against the Dodgers allowing only Jim Gilliam's controversial single in the 8th a grounder SS Andre Rodgers has difficulty picking up. Willie Mays's 2-run HR against Don Drysdale accounts for all the scoring.
Apr 15, 1959 - Don Drysdale scatters 8 hits in shutting out the Cardinals 5-0. The loser is Jackson who goes 6 innings before giving way to Bob Gibson making his ML debut. It's a rude initiation as the first batter he faces Jim Baxes homers off him. For the 31-year-old Baxes it is his first ML homer: he'll hit 17 in just 246 at bats 16 more than his brother Mike in this his only season.
Apr 11, 1959 - After being snowed out yesterday the Cubs open at home against the Dodgers Don Drysdale hits his 1st Opening Day HR but it is the only Dodger score against Bob Anderson. Drysdale goes 5 innings and the Dodgers lose to the Cubs 6-1. Sammy Taylor has 4 RBIs for the Cubs.
Aug 23, 1958 - Dodgers P Don Drysdale hits 2 HRs in a 10-1 clipping of the Cards and has now homered in each of his last 3 starts. He has 7 tying Don Newcombe's 1955 total. Veteran Gil Hodges hits the 14th grand slam of his career a new NL record. It is also the first slam in the history of the Dodgers on the West Coast.
Aug 14, 1958 - The 7th place Dodgers draw just 6195 the smallest regular-season crowd in LA history as Don Drysdale tops the Cubs 7-3 at the Coliseum. Duke Snider and Jim Gilliam hit HRs for the winners. The smallest Dodger Stadium crowd 6559 will show up on September 13 1976.
Apr 15, 1958 - The San Francisco Giants defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first ML game played at Seals Stadium with Ruben Gomez pitching an 8-0 shutout. Giants SS Daryl Spencer hits the first HR off Don Drysdale. The Giants set an attendance record for Seals Stadium by drawing 23192 fans.
Jun 24, 1956 - Ed Bailey of the Reds hits 3 HRs and Kluszewski adds another in a 10-6 first-game win against the Dodgers. The Reds win the nitecap 2-1 on homers by Bob Thurman off young Don Drysdale and rookie Frank Robinson off loser Clem Labine.
Apr 23, 1956 - Rookie Don Drysdale makes his first ML start a dandy by striking out the side in the first inning. He strikes out 9 as Brooklyn beats the Phils 6-1.
May 11, 1904 - Against Detroit Cy Young pitches no-hit ball until the 7th inning when Sam Crawford hits a one-out single to break his consecutive streak of no hit innings at 24 1/3 (76 batters without a hit) still the record (for years the record book had Young at 23 1/3 innings arguing his relief of Winters occurred with men on base). Young and Tiger starter Ed Killian battle for 15 innings before Boston finally scores a run to win 1-0. Young will throw 45 shutout innings in a row a record broken by Don Drysdale's 58 in 1968.