Traded by Milwaukee to the Dodgers after a miserable 1970 campaign, “Gentleman Al” responded by going 20-9 for Los Angeles in ’71. The left-hander didn’t contribute much to the Dodgers’ pennant-winning 1974 season, but he made it into the record books that year anyway by giving up Hank Aaron’s 715th home run.
He retired in 1977 with a 46-37 record as a Dodger and a 123-107 lifetime mark for 17 big league seasons.
Downing recently began broadcasting for CBS radio. He is 52 and lives in Los Angeles.