Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cards from the Old Man Part 19: Don Drysdale

This is the nineteenth in a series of posts about cards I received from the old collector in our town who had library catalogs full of cards from the 1950's-1970's. You can see those original posts here and here if you missed them.

Only 3 of these left.

This was another guy I had not heard of and it may amaze the Night Owl and GCRL, but I didn't know anything about him for years after I got the card., which I use to get my stats for these posts, had this great quote.

"The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid, and if the hitter IS timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid." - Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale played 14 years for the Dodgers. Big D--Drysdale, not the custom card maker from Hey, That's Mine, appeared in 516 games, compiling a 209-166 record, a 2.95 ERA and 2,486 strikeouts. He threw 167 complete games and 49 shutouts. He was a two time 20 game winner and posted 17+ wins six times.

Drysdale made 7 All-Star teams and 5 trips to the World Series. He was 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA in World Series Play. This included his complete game shutout of the Yankees in the 1963 Series. The Dodgers won 3 of the 5 World Series during Drysdales era.

Drysdale's best year was 1962 when he went 25-9 with a 2.83 ERA, 19 complete games and 2 shutouts. He just happened to win the Cy Young that year as well.
He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 1984.


  1. That was the first 1964 card I ever got. I can't even remember how I got it.

  2. There's a great story about Drysdale and his "brushback pitching". Drysdale was pitching against the Cardinals and Gene Oliver hit a towering homerun off him. Olvier stared at the ball and yelled loud enough for Drysdale to hear "hey batboy, come get my bat!" Sure enough, Don didn't like this. Next time Oliver is at the plate, Drysdale beans him right in the head. While Oliver is writhering on the ground in pain and the trainers are rushing out on the field, Drysdale yells at loud enough for everyone to hear "hey batboy, come get Oliver!"

  3. Sweet card, and an even sweeter story by longlivethewho. I read a fair amount about Drysdale in "Black and Blue". He was a pretty interesting cat. Left baseball to become an actor for a little bit, before coming back. Interesting cat indeed.

  4. Who, great story, thanks for sharing. That sounds like a good read Beardy, I'll have to look into that.