Johnny Podres, 1932-2008

"Millennium," yes; "pandemonium"!/ Roy Campanella leaps high.  Dodgerdom/ crowned, had Johnny Podres on the mound.

– Marianne Moore, "Hometown Piece for Messrs Alston and Reese" 

I've told before how and why the Brooklyn Dodgers became my first love in baseball, long before I ever moved to, or even contemplated living in, Brooklyn, and that 1955 was my first remembered and defining World Series. So it's with particular sorrow that I read that Johnny Podres, winner of game seven of that Series, and of the Dodgers' first championship, and that over the hated Yankees, died today at seventy-five.

I'm glad, however, to see that Johnny's fellow pitcher from the '55 team, Don Newcombe, still lives, along with teammate Tommy Lasorda and former Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi.

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