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Pirates shortstop Dick Groat once claimed “Batting against Don Drysdale is the same as making a date with a dentist”. Drysdale was a tough pitcher, who along with Sandy Koufax, formed the most dominant pitching tandem of the 1960s.

The hard throwing right hander had a reputation for owning the plate. Sportswriter Dave Anderson wrote “Home plate is 17 inches wide. But to Don Drysdale it is divided into three parts—the inside four inches, the middle nine inches and the outside four inches. To him only the middle part belongs to the hitter; the inside and the outside part belong to the pitcher”.

Drysdale used a sidearm fastball and brushback pitches to intimidate hitters, and was not afraid to throw inside, as Orlando Cepeda described “The trick against (Don) Drysdale is to hit him before he hits you”. Upon his retirement from the game, Drysdale’s 154 batters hit by a pitch were a modern National League record. As he put it “My own little rule was two for one—if one of my teammates got knocked down, then I knocked down two on the other team”.

Although he had better peripheral stats in other seasons, Drysdale took home the Cy Young Award in 1962 when he won 25 games, at a time when there was only one Award given in the major leagues. In 1968, he pitched 58 straight scoreless innings, a record that would stand for twenty years. During that stretch of consecutive scoreless innings was a record six straight shutouts.

Drysdale’s 14 year big league career ended in 1969 at the tender age of 32. After his playing days, he stayed involved in the game as a broadcaster for the White Sox, Rangers, Expos, Angels and Dodgers. When his wife, Ann Meyers was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, it marked the only marriage between Hall of Famers from any of the four major American sports- football, hockey, basketball and baseball.

Drysdale was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. Presented to him upon his induction in Cooperstown, this coveted miniature representation of his plaque summarizes his prolific career, as one of baseball’s greatest pitchers. A symbol of baseball’s highest honor, the plaque remains in its original frame as received by Don on that momentous day. Two accompanying photos document the induction ceremony. Joining Drysdale in gaining entry to the Hall that year were Harmon Killebrew, Pee Wee Reese, Luis Aparicio and Rick Ferrell.

LOA from the Drysdale family.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $3,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,494
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
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