Podres helped his Dodgers teams win the World Series in 1955, 1959 and 1963. In the 1955 Series he beat the Yankees 8-3 in Game Three and shut them out 2-0 in Game Seven, brings its first WS championship to Brooklyn in 8 tries, including five consecutive Series losses to their Bronx rivals. Podres was named the World Series MVP and was honored as the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
In 15-season career, Podres compiled a 148-116 record with 1435 strikeouts, a 3.68 ERA, and 24 shutouts in 440 games.
3-time All-Star Game (1958, 1960, 1962)
World Series MVP (1955)
Tied the modern National League record with eight consecutive strikeouts (1962)
Career statistics at Baseball Reference (http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/podrejo01.shtml)
Categories: 1958 National League All-Stars | 1960 National League All-Stars | 1962 National League All-Stars | Brooklyn Dodgers players | Detroit Tigers players | Los Angeles Dodgers players | San Diego Padres players | Major league pitchers | 1932 births
In 1955, and ever since, JohnnyPodres has said that he was simply too young and inexperienced to understand or be affected by the history of failure that so burdened the Brooklyn Dodgers when he took the mound for the seventh game of the only World Series the team ever won in Brooklyn.
Podres accomplished his feat in what is baseball's ultimate climactic moment when everything is on the line.
Podres was signed by the Dodgers in 1950 out of high school in the iron-mining town of Witherbee, N.Y., north of Albany.
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