Don Drysdale was an American professional baseball player. In 1962 he received the Cy Young Award and has gone down in history as one of the greatest ever. Since retiring from playing he has worked as a radio and television broadcaster.
He was married to Ann Meyers until her death in 1993 and frequently appeared as a guest star on shows such as Leave It to Beaver and The Donna Reed Show.
Early Life and Education
Drysdale was one of the premier starting pitchers in baseball during his playing career with both Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers and won three World Series Championships as well as winning the 1962 Cy Young Award.
Heffer was an enormous presence at Van Nuys High School, where his arm rivaled that of Sandy Koufax on the baseball field. According to Heffer, they were fierce rivals who often competed head on. Physically tough competition between themselves can only make their rivalry all the stronger and intense.
After his retirement, he went into broadcasting, working for ABC Sports as a sports broadcaster for both the Dodgers and other teams as well as broadcasts for “Superstars” competition. In 1986 he married basketball Hall-of-Famer Ann Meyers; together they raised three children before his passing in 1993 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.
Drysdale was a dominant pitcher for both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, winning 209 games with 2,4886 strikeouts over his 22 years as a pitcher. He won three World Series championships while being honored with induction into both the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 as well as having his number 53 retired by both organizations.
His success on the field earned him numerous honors and records, but his contribution off of it was no less important – being both an example for teammates and an icon to fans alike.
In 1990, Drysdale co-authored his autobiography with Bob Verdi entitled Once a Bum, Always a Dodger which gives readers an intimate look into his professional baseball playing life as well as sports commentator for radio and TV broadcasting stations.
Achievement and Honors
Drysdale made his mark on baseball through numerous achievements during his long and distinguished career, winning three World Series Championships and receiving the 1962 National League Cy Young Award.
In 1984, he was honored with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, honoring both his legacy and contribution to the game. Known for his unique sidearm pitching style which provided a distinct edge against batters, his impactful legacy lives on.
He married Ann Meyers Drysdale of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – making them one of the few couples to both belong to their respective sports’ Halls of Fames. They remained married until his death and had three children together; he also appeared as himself on The Brady Bunch episode “Long Distance Call”. His life path number is 22.
Don Drysdale was an incredible pitcher who once delivered six consecutive shutouts and earned nine All-Star selections before helping lead his Dodgers team to three World Series victories and ultimately being honored with the 1962 Cy Young Award.
Drysdale was known for his insightful commentary and passion for baseball after retiring as an athlete, covering baseball telecasts on ABC Sports as well as regional college football matches and Superstars on Wide World of Sports.
Kelly Drysdale recalls fondly her father’s generosity and always helping people, which inspired her to sell the items through SCP Auctions in Los Angeles for charity with proceeds being given to Arizona Republic Foundation.
Donald Scott Drysdale (born July 23 1936 ) was an American baseball player and Hall-of-Famer for the Dodgers. Following his playing days were over, he became a radio and television broadcaster before eventually retiring as well.
He was an invaluable influence for baseball players and fans alike, known for his generous charity efforts.
He won a championship as part of the 1959 World Series Champion team and went on to receive several accolades during his career, such as being honored with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame and having his number 53 retired by the Dodgers.
Ann Meyers Drysdale was his wife until his passing away in 1993, since which time she has dedicated herself to philanthropy through numerous charitable organizations such as Phoenix Suns Charities.