|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|April 7, 1953 for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|June 21, 1969 for the San Diego Padres|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
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.
|Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day |
|World Series MVP|
|Babe Ruth Award|
|National League ERA Champion|