The 23-year-old Podres became a Brooklyn legend in 1955 when he pitched the Dodgers
to their first-ever World Championship. Only 9-10 during the regular season, he beat
the Yankees 8-3 in Game Three and shut them out 2-0 in Game Seven, giving Brooklyn
its only title after five consecutive Series losses to their Bronx rivals. After
spending 1956 in the Navy, Podres was a consistent winner on strong Dodger staffs
from 1957 to 1963. He used a good fastball, a curve, and an outstanding changeup.
In 1957 he led the NL in both ERA (2.66) and shutouts (6). In 1961 he won a career-high
18 games and led the NL in winning percentage (.783),
and on July 2, 1962, he pitched
his finest game, retiring the first 20 Phillies before Ted Savage
singled, and striking
out eight batters in a row.