January 14, 2008


Brooklyn Dodgers great Podres dies (The Associated Press, January 14, 2008)

The left-hander was a four-time All-Star and the first most valuable player in World Series history. He became a hero to every baseball fan in Brooklyn when the Dodgers ended decades of frustration by beating the Yankees to win the World Series.

It was the first time a team had won a best-of-seven World Series after losing the first two games, and it was Brooklyn's only World Series victory. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

The Dodgers lost the first two games of at Yankee Stadium, then the Dodgers won the third 8-3 at Ebbets Field. Podres, going the distance on his 23rd birthday, scattered seven hits.

In the climactic seventh game, at Yankee Stadium, Podres shut out New York 2-0 on eight hits, relying on his fastball and a deceptive changeup.

As the story goes, Podres told his teammates to get him just one run and the Dodgers would win Game 7. They got him two, and the franchise celebrated its first and only championship while playing in Brooklyn.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 14, 2008 9:02 AM

Pre-cursors of the "Amazins"...

Reminds me of an anecdote I heard from those times---that the three most hated people in Brooklyn in 1958 were Hitler, Stalin, and Walter O'Malley, not necessarily in that order....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 14, 2008 10:09 AM