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Don Drysdale the Baseball Player

Star baseball player at UCLA

Born: Donald Scott Drysdale
Don Drysdale was born July 23, 1936, Van Nuys, California.
He died July 3, 1993 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.  He died in his hotel room of a heart attack hours before he was to work the television/radio color commentary for the Los Angeles Dodgers-Montreal Expos game.

Pitcher for the National League's Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, 1956-1969. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1984.

Took part in a publicized salary holdout in the spring of 1966 along with teammate Sandy Koufax.

Pitched 58 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968, a record which stood until Orel Hershiser topped it 20 years later.

Pitched in eight All-Star games.

Still holds the National League record for most hit batsmen (154).

Finished 5th in voting for National League MVP in 1962 and 1965.

Pitched in eight All-Star games (1959, 1961-65 and 1967-68).

Won Cy Young Award as Major League Baseball's top pitcher in 1962 for leading National League in wins (25), innings pitched (314 1/3), strikeouts (232) and games started (41).

Member of 1956 National League Champion Brooklyn Dodgers team and 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers team. Member of 1959, 1963 and 1965 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers teams.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 169-171. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Uniform number 53 retired by the Dodgers.

Retired in mid-season in 1969 after suffering a torn rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984 in the same ceremony with Pee Wee Reese.

Held the record for consecutive 200-strikeout seasons with six until Tom Seaver broke it with his seventh consecutive such season in 1974.

Was an excellent hitting pitcher; hit 29 home runs during his career and was frequently used as a pinch hitter. Was the only Dodger to hit .300 in 1965.

Made major league debut on 17 April 1956.

Don Drysdale the Actor

Don Drysdale & Chuck Connors - The Rifleman

ON THE BALL - 1/6/61
This picture was taken one year before Don Drysdale appeared on the show of The Rifleman.

Famed for firing TV bullets and major-league fastballs, close friends Chuck Connors and Los Angles Dodgers' pitcher Don Drysdale get together to talk baseball on the Hollywood set of The Rifleman.
Chuck had a brief major-league whirl as a first baseman with the then Brooklyn Dodgers and The Chicago Cubs before becoming the star of ABC's TV's Rifleman.

SkullDon Drysdale as Warren

Sports heroes/stars that appeared with Chuck
Sid Gillman - Heller

Walter O'Malley - Branded The Bar Sinister

Duke Snider - The Retired Gun

Don Drysdale — Find A Grave

The Dugout
Chuck Connors Sports pages

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Credits David Fury/The Man Behind the Rifle — IMDB