» 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.
» June 5, 1957: In Jersey City, Don Drysdale pitches the first of his 49 major-league shutouts, as the Dodgers win 4-0 over the Cubs.
» September 3, 1957:
The Dodgers play their last game in Jersey City, as
Don Drysdale loses to Philadelphia 3-2 in 12
innings. Brooklyn ends with an 11-4 mark in New Jersey.
» August 23, 1958:
Dodgers P Don Drysdale hits two HRs in a 10-1 clipping of the Cards. 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.
» April 11, 1959: After being snowed out yesterday, the Cubs open at home against the Dodgers, Don Drysdale hits his 1st Opening Day home run, but it is the only Dodger score against Bob Anderson. Drysdale goes five innings and the Dodgers lose to the Cubs, 61. Sammy Taylor has four RBIs for the Cubs.
» April 15, 1959:
Don Drysdale scatters eight hits in shutting out the Cardinals, 50. The loser is Jackson, who goes six 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.
» June 30, 1959:
The Giants Sam Jones throws a 20 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 home run against Don Drysdale accounts for all the scoring.
» July 7, 1959: The National League defeats the American League 54 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 three innings.
» August 18, 1959: At Milwaukee, the Dodgers stake Don Drysdale to a 51 lead after five innings, but the Braves chip away and finally tie it with a run in the 9th. The Dodgers make it 65 in the 11th but Hank Aaron takes Drysdale deep to tie it up. Drysdale is finally relieved and LA wins it in the 13th, 76.
» August 23, 1959: The Pirates take a doubleheader form 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 two 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 eight games in back of the 1st place Giants.
» October 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
92,394 in attendance sets a new WS mark.
» April 12, 1960:
Chuck Essegian's 11th-inning pinch-hit home run beats the Cubs, 32, before a record Opening Day crowd (67,550) at Los Angeles. The home run is Essegian's 3rd straight as a pinch hitter, including two in the 1959 World Series. Don Drysdale pitches all the way, striking out 14, for the win over Bob Elston.
» April 11, 1961: Robin Roberts ties Grover Cleveland Alexander's National League record with a 12th-straight Opening Day start, but Philadelphia loses 62 to Don Drysdale and the Dodgers. Roberts is 56 on Opening Day.
» August 9, 1961:
The Dodgers win their 17th out of 20 to stay a game ahead of the Reds, beating the Braves 83, Don Drysdale hits a grand slam, off Don Nottebart in the 2nd, and allows just four hits while striking out 11. Two of the four hits are homers by Joe Adcock.
» August 14, 1961:
At Memorial Stadium, the Cards Ernie Broglio allows just five Dodger hits in shutting out Los Angeles, 50. Don Drysdale takes the loss. For the Dodgers, this will be the start of a ten-game losing streak.
» August 27, 1961: With first place on the line after the Dodgers have won two games from them, Cincinnati rallies from a 51 deficit to a 65 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 83 winner in the nightcap as the Reds pummel Don Drysdale. The sweep gives the Reds a three 1/2 game lead in the National League.
» September 4, 1961:
At LA, Don Drysdale stops the Giants, 40, allowing just two hits. The Dodgers are now two games in back of the first-place Reds.
» June 1, 1962: The Dodgers sweep Philadelphia, 114 and 85, 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 nine straight decisions against them. He won't beat the Phillies again until August 27, 1965.
» July 8, 1962:
The Dodgers take first place as Don Drysdale saves Sandy Koufax's 13th win 20 against San Francisco. Los Angeles will remain in first until the final day of the season.
» July 29, 1962:
Don Drysdale pushes his record to 194 as he completes a three-game Dodger sweep over the Giants, winning 111. Howard has a home run and three singles to drive home five runs. Willie Mays accounts for the only Giants run with a home run. Los Angeles now leads the Giants by four games.
» August 3, 1962:
At Los Angeles, the Dodgers top the Cubs, 83, behind Don Drysdale. Cal Koonce takes the loss. Maury Wills helps with a 4th inning triple and then steals home.
» August 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 54 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."
» September 29, 1962:
The Dodgers (10159) send Don Drysdale against the Cardinals, but Ernie Broglio wins the pitching duel, 20. The Dodgers lead by one game with one to play.
» October 2, 1962: Just 25,321 fans are on hand at Dodger Stadium to see Don Drysdale (259) and Jack Sanford (247) square off. After 35 straight scoreless innings, the Dodgers break through for seven runs in the 6th to lead San Francisco by 2. The Giants score twice in the 8th, but a 9th-inning sacrifice fly by Ron Fairly sends Maury Wills home with the winning run 87. The Giants tie an National League record by using eight hurlers in a 9-inning game. At four hours and 18 minutes, the game is the longest 9-inning affair in NL history.
» November 15, 1962: Don Drysdale wins the Cy Young Award, outpolling Jack Sanford 14-4.
» May 22, 1963:
Los Angeles' Don Drysdale beats the Mets 73 on two hitshomers by Duke Snider and Tim Harkness.
» June 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: nine at Ebbets; four at Memorial Coliseum; and one at Chavez Ravine.
» July 2, 1963: Nipping Curt Simmons and St. Louis 10, Don Drysdale puts the Dodgers into first place for good.
» August 22, 1963: After two straight losses to the Dodgers, the Cardinals break through and beat Don Drysdale, 32. Ernie Broglio is the winner.
» October 5, 1963: Fans attending the first World Series game at Dodger Stadium see a pitching duel between Don Drysdale and Jim Bouton. A first-inning run is all Los Angeles needs to take a 3-0 World Series lead.
» April 12, 1965:
Don Drysdale slugs his 2nd opening day homer, this one a 2-run shot off New York's Al Jackson. LA wins 61 at Shea Stadium.
» April 17, 1965:
Don Drysdale ties a major-league record by striking out four Phils -- Wes Covington, Tony Gonzalez, Dick Stuart, and Clay Dalrymple -- in order in the 2nd inning, but also gives up two home runs to lose 32. It is the 8th straight time the Phillies have beaten big Don.
» May 29, 1965:
Lou Johnson hits two home runs to back Don Drysdale's pitching and give the Dodgers a 53 win over the Braves.
» August 8, 1965:
The Reds show no mercy in pasting the Dodgers, 180 in the National League's most lopsided shutout in twenty years. Jim Maloney coasts to the win, while Don Drysdale takes the loss.
» August 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, 65.
» August 27, 1965: Dodger P Don Drysdale wins in Philadelphia, but the Phils don't make it easy. Drysdale wins 98, 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.
» September 1, 1965: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale lose as the Pirates sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 32 and 21, at Pittsburgh. The Pirates are now in 5th place, just two 1/2 games out of first place.
» September 6, 1965: At Los Angeles, Don Drysdale and the newly signed Warren Spahn face each other again, but both are gone by extra innings. Drysdale lasts eight innings, but Spahn exits after a 1+ inning ripping. The Giants win, 76, in 12 innings on Jim Davenport's hit, and move a game behind the first-place Dodgers. Juan Marichal, who hit John Roseboro over the head with a bat 15 days ago, is banned from the trip.
» September 30, 1965: Don Drysdale (23-12) pitches a 3-hitter and blanks the Braves 40. Los Angeles has now won 13 straight games, seven by shutouts.
» October 6, 1965: Minnesota's 6-run 3rd inning routs Dodger Don Drysdale, subbing for Sandy Koufax, and sparks an 82 Twins win in the first game of the World Series. Jim Grant gets the win allowing just one hit, a home run by Ron Fairly. Mincher and Versalles homer for the Twins. Koufax sits out the opener because it is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
» October 10, 1965: In game four Don Drysdale evens the World Series with a 5-hit 72 win. Wes Parker and Lou Johnson hit home runs, as the Dodgers beat Jim Grant.
» February 28, 1966: Seeking an unprecedented 3-year, $1.05 million contract to be divided evenly, the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout.
» March 17, 1966: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale escalate their threat of retirement by signing movie contracts.
» March 30, 1966: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their 32-day holdout, signing for $130,000 and $105,000 respectively.
» August 27, 1966: At Dodger Stadium, Juan Marichal outduels Don Drysdale to give the Giants a 42 win.
» September 6, 1966: The Giants pepper Don Drysdale for 11 hits in five 1/3 innings and beat the Dodgers, 60. Ray Sadecki fires the shutout.
» September 15, 1966:
Don Drysdale (10-16) gives up two home runs in the 9th, to Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, with two outs, but holds on to give the Dodgers a 53 win over Pittsburgh. The Dodgers now lead the Bucs by two 1/2 games. The Bucs and Dodgers will split the next two games.
» September 23, 1966:
The Dodgers Don Drysdale pitches his 3rd complete game in a row, shutting out the Cubs.
» September 27, 1966: At St. Louis, the Dodgers win as Don Drysdale pitches his 2nd shutout in a row, beating the Cardinals.
» October 2, 1966: Sandy Koufax clinches the 3rd Los Angeles pennant in four years, working with just two days rest for a 63 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 Chris Short's 20th victory, 43. Short is the first Philley lefty to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey in 1916.
» October 9, 1966: Dave McNally wraps up Baltimore's brilliant pitching display, and a World Championship, with a 4-hit, 10 win. Frank Robinson's home run off Don Drysdale gives Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending champion Dodgers. The 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Baltimore are a World Series record.
» April 30, 1967: San Francisco concludes its first 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, as Bob Bolin beats Don Drysdale 51.
» May 20, 1967: At Wrigley, the Cubs pound Brooklyn, 203 to give Ken Holtzman (50) 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.
» June 29, 1967: The Reds jump on Don Drysdale on their way to a 140 pasting of the Dodgers.
» May 14, 1968: Dodger P Don Drysdale shuts out the Cubs, 10.
» May 18, 1968:
Don Drysdale posts his 2nd consecutive shutout, 10, over Houston.
» May 22, 1968: The Cards fall 20, as Don Drysdale's streak reaches three consecutive scoreless games.
» May 26, 1968: Los Angeles downs Houston 50 behind Don Drysdale's 4th straight shutout, tying the National League record. It's Drysdale's 5th win of the yearall shutouts. Drysdale drives in the 1st run of the game with a single.
» 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, 30, and Drysdale's 5th straight shutout ties the major-league record set in 1904 by Doc White.
» June 4, 1968: With his 6th consecutive shutout, 50 over the Pirates at Los Angeles, Don Drysdale establishes two new ML records. He tops Doc White's 64-year-old mark of five shutouts, and with 54 scoreless innings he breaks Carl Hubbell's National League string by 4 1/3, set in 1933.
» June 8, 1968:
Don Drysdale works four scoreless innings against Philadelphia before finally allowing a run, after 58 2/3 shutout innings, on Howie Bedell's sacrifice fly. Bedell has no other RBI in 1968. Drysdale breaks the major-league record of 56 consecutive scoreless innings set by Walter Johnson in 1913. The Dodgers win 53.
» July 1, 1968: A first inning wild pitch that eludes backup catcher Johnny Edwards allows a run to break Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 innings of scoreless pitching (in which he allows just 21 hits) The Cards beat the Don Drysdale and the Dodgers in Los Angeles 81. Gibson will pitch 23 innings before giving up another run.
» July 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 American League starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the daythe first All-Star effort to end 10. Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Ron Reed, and Jerry Koosman hold the AL to three hits.
» July 24, 1968:
Don Drysdale walks two batters in the 5th, hits Brand with a pitch and then plunks opposing pitcher Don Wilson with an offspeed pitch to force in a run. Houston wins, 10.
» April 7, 1969: Bill Singer of the Dodgers is credited with the first official save, as Los Angeles defeats Cincinnati 32, 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. They'll hit leadoff homers again in August.
» June 28, 1969: After ending their 11-game losing streak yesterday, San Diego suffers its second 190 shutout of the season, as the Dodgers, behind Don Drysdale, match the National League-record shutout margin. The Dodgers score 10 in the 3rd to make it easy. Steve Arlin is the loser. Seven batters have two ribbies for the Dodgers, with no one topping that.
» August 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.
» August 17, 1969: After the Pirates open with five runs in the first inning, the Reds answer with four 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, 85.
» January 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).
» January 10, 1984: Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, and Don Drysdale are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.
» August 12, 1984: Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, and Luis Aparicio are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
» September 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 major-league record by one. San Diego's Andy Hawkins also pitches 10 shutout innings and the Padres eventually win 21 on Mark Parent's home run in the bottom of the 16th.
» January 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.