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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Pickoff Moves

Today's Birthdays

Carl Erskine BRO,LAN b. 1926, played 1948-1959, All-Star: 1954. A career Dodger, he held a 14-strikeout World Series record (earned in his 1953 World Series Game 3 victory) that stood for 14 years. He pitched two no-hitters in his career, one on June 19, 1952 against the Cubs, and his second on May 12, 1956 against the Giants. He remains in the franchise top 10 for home runs allowed (both single-season and career) and earned runs allowed; he is also in the major league top 100 for career winning percentage, with .610.

Joe Landrum BRO b. 1928, played 1950, 1952

Billy Loes BRO b. 1929, played 1950, 1952-1956, All-Star: 1957. Loes once said, "If you win 20 games, they expect you to do it every year." It was typical of his famous malapropisms; he once claimed to have lost a groundball in the sun.

Bubba Morton CAL b. 1931, played 1966-1969

Nate Oliver LAN b. 1940, played 1963-1967

Jeff Robinson CAL b. 1960, played 1991

George Shuba BRO b. 1924, played 1948-1950, 1952-1955

Steve Wilson LAN b. 1964, played 1991-1993

Roster Notes


Comments:
Carl Erskine's 14 K record stood for ten years. Sandy Koufax broke it with 15 Ks in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series. Koufax held the record for five years. Bob Gibson broke it with 17 Ks in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Gibson has held the World Series single game strikeout record longer than anybody at 38 years and counting.
 
Man, what's the deal with Hendrickson? Didn't he have one good game last year, per every six or seven outings?
 

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