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Johnny Podres
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Pitcher
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
Teams
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)

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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

1962
Succeeded by:
Don Drysdale
Preceded by:
none
World Series MVP
1955
Succeeded by:
Don Larsen
Preceded by:
Dusty Rhodes
Babe Ruth Award
1955
Succeeded by:
Don Larsen
Preceded by:
Lew Burdette
National League ERA Champion
1957
Succeeded by:
Stu Miller

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