Rabbit Hole: The Drysdale Story

OK, so a few days ago I shared a story about Don Drysdale. I read the story in Mike Shannon’s Tales from the Dugout — this is the author Mike Shannon not the ballplayer and announcer — and he saw the story in a Lou Brock interview. The story goes that Drysdale was facing St. Louis catcher Gene Oliver at Dodger Stadium. Oliver is probably best known for the way he dominated Sandy Koufax. Oliver was a lifetime .246 hitter with a bit of power, but against Koufax he was Babe Ruth and Ted Williams rolled into one. He hit .392 and slugged .647 in 54 plate appearances against Koufax.

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