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RIP Johnny Podres

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BYH, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Podres, who shut out the Yankees in Game Seven of the 1955 World Series to give the Brooklyn Dodgers their only World Championship, died last night at 75.

    Remarkably, the losing pitcher in that game, Tommy Byrne, died Dec. 20.


  2. EmbassyRow

    EmbassyRow Active Member

    My father coached his sons when they were in high school. Our families are practically from the same town. I sent my mother a text when I saw this on the wire, to tell Dad.

    My sister called me 30 minutes later. She wanted to know why Dad was crying.

    RIP, sir.
  3. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Embassy: That is a wonderful post... thank you.

    RIP, Mr. Podres
  4. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Johnny Podres left the most enjoyable impression, to me, in that HBO special on the Dodgers last fall. He just seemed like a guy you couldn't help but like.

    RIP to a pitcher who had ice water in his veins for long after that Game 7.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Jim Fregosi will miss his racetrack running mate.
  6. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Johnny Podres made Curt Schilling a starting pitcher.
  7. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Wonder if his blog, SonOfHorny38 or whatever it is, will have anything today....
  8. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    As a former Brooklynite and a big fan back then (when I was 9 years old), he will always be remembered for giving us our only World Series. I met Podres later when he was given one of our awards at a NY BBWAA dinner and he was indeed a nice person.

    So I offer my heartfelt RIP.
  9. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    I thought about that HBO show today when I heard he died. I agree with what you said.
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was kind of surprised the AP story didn't mention much about Podres' long career in coaching. Probably more accomplished in that respect than as a player.

    And by my count, this leaves only Snider, Erskine and Loes alive among the 55 Dodgers regulars. Zimmer and a few other bench players are still living as well, but man, there's not many of those guys left.
  11. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    Don't forget Don Newcombe, Steak. And Vin Scully.
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Duh, can't believe I forgot Newk.

    And the latest AP story does have a graph at the end about Podres' coaching career. The one I saw an hour ago made no mention of it.
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