Saturday, July 16, 2011

#262 Hitters' Foes



These three Dodger 'musketeers' must have known how the 1959 season would end for them, with a World Series title.

The trio entered the season deserving of an appearance on a special card like this. Don Drysdale was coming into his own with a 39-22 mark over his first two seasons as a full fledged member of the rotation. He's led the league in K's in '58.

Johnny Podres, while only 25-24 since returning from a 1956 Navy stint, was still basking in the glow of his '55 World Series heroics and had hurled six shutouts in 1957 to go with a 2.66 ERA.

And Clem Labine, at this point a wily vet, had compiled a 52-36 record in his previous five years with the Dodgers and racked up 73 saves in a time that saves ere not as common as they are now.


3 comments:

  1. Have to give that writer credit for avoiding the cliche. Instead of "circuit clouts" he opts for "circuit smashes". Love that purple prose...

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  2. Awesome card. On my "git" list. Which is too long.

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  3. c6dc: Topps really outdid themselves on some of these 'specials'.

    NO: I agree, it's kind of cool. Pretty soon Koufax was next to DD in these Dodger specials.

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