View Full Version : RIP Brooklyn Dodgers Star Johnny Podres

01-14-2008, 07:52 AM
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Johnny Podres, who pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955, died Sunday at the age of 75.A spokesman for Glens Falls Hospital confirmed Podres' death but said he didn't know any details.


He was the winning pitcher when Brooklyn won it all in 1955.....

01-14-2008, 08:14 AM
Also the first to be named MVP of the Series.

01-14-2008, 08:33 AM
Podres win in Game 7 started a celebration in Brooklyn that was the largest the boro had ever seen....2 years later the team was gone :(:

Famous NY headline

"He really struggled these past few weeks," Don Zimmer, Podres' former Dodger teammate and best friend in baseball, said by phone from St. Petersburg, Fla. "I talked to him just three days ago and he said to me: 'Popeye, it's really tough when you can't even take a shower.'"


01-14-2008, 11:29 AM
The story I read also said that the losing pitcher in that game 7, Tommy Byrne, died a few weeks ago.

01-14-2008, 06:46 PM
Attended game 2 of the 59 WS, Podres beat the White Sox in a heartbreaking loss. That was the game that Sherm Lollar was tagged out by 20 feet in a the 7th inning and stopped a Sox rally.

01-15-2008, 12:08 PM
All I can say to this is WOW

from Curt Schilling (http://38pitches.com/2008/01/14/johnny-podres-passes-away/)

Outside of the Lord, my wife and my father there was no person who impacted my life more than Johnny Podres. A true mans man if there ever was one. As I enter the final year of my major league career and baseball life I can only hope that when itís all over the body of work will be something Johnny would be proud of.

Johnny made me realize that being a man wasnít about the macho cool stuff we think men are supposed to be, but rather compassion, care, commitment, loyalty, integrity and drive. He asked everything of me and always got everything I had. He made me realize the only limits in my life were self imposed, that pushing yourself mentally and physically were what separated players when they crossed the white line.

Bobby Jenks
01-22-2008, 07:41 PM
Podres is also credited with teaching the circle change to several pitchers,most notably,Frank Viola