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Don Drysdale

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Don Drysdale
Position Pitcher
MLB Seasons 14
Teams Los Angeles Dodgers
Debut 17 April 1956 (LAD)
Final Game 5 August 1969 (LAD)
Total Games 518
LCS Appearances 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966
World Series Teams 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966
Allstar Teams 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
Awards 1962 Cy Young
Baseball Hall Of Fame (1984)
Nickname
"Big D"

Donald Scott "Don" Drysdale (July 23, 1936 - July 3, 1993) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was born in Van Nuys, California.

Pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he teamed with Sandy Koufax during the 1960s to form one of the most dominating pitching duos in history. The ferocious hurler used brushback pitches and a sidearm fastball to intimidate batters, and his 154 hit batsmen remain a modern National League record.

In 1962, Drysdale won 25 games and the Cy Young Award, and set a record with 58 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968; the record was ultimately broken by fellow Dodger Orel Hershiser 20 years later. In 1965, the all-around athlete was the Dodgers' only .300 hitter and tied his own National League record for pitchers with seven home runs. He was later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, and had his number 53 officially retired at Dodger Stadium on 1 July 1984.

Don Drysdale retired after the 1969 season and became a broadcaster for not just the Dodgers, but also the Chicago White Sox, California Angels, and ABC.

In 1986, he married Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame player Ann Meyers, who took the name Ann Meyers-Drysdale. It was the first time that a married couple were members of their respective sports' Halls of Fame.

He died of a heart attack in his hotel room in Montreal, Canada where he had been broadcasting a Dodgers game in 1993.

He is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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