The 20 greatest Dodgers of all time, No. 5: Don Drysdale
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new person will be listed as we count down all 20.
Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot. Your first choice received 12 points, second choice 10, third place eight, all the way down to one point for 10th place.
So without further ado, here is No. 5:
No. 5: Don Drysdale (35 first-place votes, 60,555 points)
Big D teamed with Sandy Koufax during the 1960s to form one of the most dominating pitching duos in history.
In 1962, Drysdale won 25 games and the Cy Young Award. In 1965, he won 23 games and helped the Dodgers to their third World Series title in L.A. In 1968, he set a record with 58 consecutive scoreless innings, a record that was broken by Orel Hershiser in 1988.
Drysdale was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, and had his number (53) retired by the Dodgers that same year.
Drysdale was also one of the last of the breed of pitchers who weren’t afraid to knock a batter down with a pitch to get his point across. His 154 hit batsmen is still the modern National League record.
Drysdale also was a broadcaster for several teams including the Dodgers from 1988 until his death during the 1993 season.
On the all-time Dodgers list, Drysdale is second in wins (209), second in strikeouts (2,486), second in losses (166), second in games pitched (518), sixth in complete games (167), second in shutouts (49), fourth in walks (855) and 19th in ERA (2.95).
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