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Johnny Podres
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Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB Debut
April 7, 1953 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Final game
June 21, 1969 for the San Diego Padres
Career Statistics
Win-Loss     148-116
ERA     3.68
Strikeouts     1435
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 3-time All-Star Game (1958, 1960, 1962)
  • World Series MVP (1955)
  • Tied the modern National League record with eight consecutive strikeouts (1962)
  • Led league in ERA (2.66, 1957)
  • Led league in shutouts (6, 1957)
  • Led league in winning percentage (.783 in 1961)


John Joseph "Johnny" Podres (born September 30, 1932 in Witherbee, New York) and (died in Glen Falls, New York on January 13, 2008), was a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1953-55, 1957-67); Detroit Tigers (1966-67), and San Diego Padres (1969).

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, to bring Brooklyn its first WS championship in 8 tries, including five consecutive Series losses to their Bronx rivals. He was the only Brooklyn Dodger starting pitcher to win 2 games in one World Series. (Hugh Casey won 2 games in relief in the 1947 World Series. Podres was helped by 2 rbi's from Gil Hodges and a spectacular catch by Sandy Amoros Podres was given the first ever World Series MVP Award by Sport Magazine. It was a red two-seater Corvette. Later he 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. He was later a pitching coach and pitching advisor for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Podres died in Glen Falls, New York on January 13, 2008 at age 75, following heart and kidney ailments, and also a leg infection.

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Preceded by:
Don Drysdale
Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by:
Don Drysdale
Preceded by:
World Series MVP
Succeeded by:
Don Larsen
Preceded by:
Dusty Rhodes
Babe Ruth Award
Succeeded by:
Don Larsen
Preceded by:
Lew Burdette
National League ERA Champion
Succeeded by:
Stu Miller

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