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.


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

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

  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.