“The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid, and if the hitter is timid, the pitcher has to remind the hitter he’s timid.”
Hall of Famer Don Drysdale
Don Drysdale pitched in the Major Leagues from 1956-69. Drysdale won 20 games twice and in 1962, he won the Cy Young Award. Drysdale was an All-Star in seven different seasons and he won 209 games in his career and posted a 2.95 Earned Run Average. Drysdale pitched for the Dodgers in both Brooklyn and in Los Angeles and was a major contributor to three World Championship teams(1959, 1963 and 1965). Don Drysdale often helped his own cause because he was a good hitting pitcher. Dodger manager Walter Alston used Drysdale to pinch-hit upon occasion. The Dodgers retired Drysdale’s uniform number 53 in 1984 and that same year Drysdale was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Don Drysdale was 6’5″ and he could be mighty intimidating when he looked down at hitters from the mound. In fact, shortstop Dick Groat said, “Batting against Don Drysdale is like making a date with a dentist. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale gave the Dodgers one of the greatest, if not the greatest one-two combination of all-time on the mound. There were times that Drysdale simply dominated..one of those was in 1968 when he threw a then record 58.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Drysdale is in the Hall of Fame for his pitching exploits…he also could be in the Broadcaster’s Wing, too. Don broadcast for several Major League teams and for ABC Sports. Don Drysdale excelled as a pitcher and as a broadcaster. He died much too young(age 56) of a heart attack. I always will remember what a great competitor Don Drysdale was.