Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale

American baseball player
Date of Birth: 23.07.1936
Country: USA

Biography of Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale was an American baseball player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, where he also attended school. Drysdale developed a passion for baseball at a young age and played on the same team as future actor Robert Redford.

Don Drysdale

In 1956, Drysdale made his debut in the Major Baseball League as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He quickly formed a formidable duo with Sandy Koufax, becoming one of the most dangerous pitching pairs in the history of the sport. As a batter, Drysdale achieved 154 successful hits, a record that still stands in the National League.

Don Drysdale

Drysdale also excelled in other positions, including as a pitcher. Over the course of his 14 seasons, he recorded 218 strikeouts, with 29 of them resulting in home runs. In 1962, Drysdale won the Cy Young Award after winning 25 games. In 1968, he set a new record by pitching 58 consecutive scoreless innings, a record that was only broken 20 years later by Orel Hershiser, another Dodgers player.

Don Drysdale

By the end of his career, Drysdale had accumulated 209 victories, 2486 strikeouts, 167 complete games, and 49 shutout games. In 1984, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, with his number 53 retired by the Dodgers on July 1, 1984. Drysdale was the last player on the team who had played during the era of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Don Drysdale

After retiring from baseball in 1969 due to a shoulder injury, Drysdale continued his involvement in the sport as a commentator. He worked with various teams, including the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, and ABC. Additionally, Drysdale commentated football games for the Los Angeles Rams from 1973 to 1976, alongside Dick Enberg.

In 1958, Drysdale married Ginger Dubberly, and they had a daughter named Kelly. They divorced in 1982, and Drysdale remarried Ann Meyers, a basketball player, on November 1, 1986. This union marked the first time in history that two members of different sports halls of fame were married. Drysdale and Meyers had three children together: Don Jr., Darren, and Drew.

In 1990, Drysdale published his autobiography, "Once a Bum, Always a Dodger." Tragically, he passed away from a heart attack in his hotel room in Montreal, Quebec. Drysdale was in Canada to commentate another Dodgers game. His body was discovered by radio station employees, who were sent to investigate his absence from the broadcast. It was later revealed that Drysdale had been deceased for approximately 18 hours. His colleague Vin Scully announced the news on-air.

Among Drysdale's belongings, a cassette tape was found containing a speech by Senator Robert F. Kennedy, which was delivered shortly before Kennedy's assassination. In the speech, Kennedy congratulated Drysdale on his sixth consecutive shutout game. It is speculated that Drysdale carried the tape with him as a memento. Drysdale's body was cremated, and his ashes were laid to rest at a cemetery in Glendale, California.

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