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Don Drysdale

Donald Scott Drysdale (Big D or Airedale)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: July 23, 1936 in Van Nuys, CA
High School: Van Nuys HS (Van Nuys, CA)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1954. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1956 (Age 19.269, 8,925th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season [*]
Team: Dodgers 1956-1969

Last Game: August 5, 1969 (Age 33.013)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1984 (316/403 ballots).
   View Don Drysdale Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: July 3, 1993 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cremated
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1956 BRO NL 19 P 25 12 2 99.0 30 8 20 2 1 .933 2.55 1.12 .966 2.05 2.03 1 1 50% 40% 1
1957 BRO NL 20 P 34 29 9 221.0 77 15 60 2 4 .974 3.05 2.21 .962 2.06 2.08 6 3 33% 39% 0 MVP-19
1958 LAD NL 21 P 44 29 6 211.2 66 15 45 6 10 .909 2.55 1.36 .955 1.97 1.96 1 4 80% 39% 1
1959 LAD NL 22 P 44 36 15 270.2 69 18 48 3 4 .957 2.19 1.50 .954 1.99 1.97 3 4 57% 38% 1 AS
1960 LAD NL 23 P 41 36 15 269.0 81 18 60 3 3 .963 2.61 1.90 .962 2.09 2.08 8 7 47% 40% 4
1961 LAD NL 24 P 40 37 10 244.0 52 13 36 3 3 .942 1.81 1.23 .959 2.18 2.15 14 5 26% 38% 2 AS
1962 LAD NL 25 P 43 41 19 314.1 77 10 60 7 5 .909 2.00 1.63 .948 2.07 2.05 8 10 56% 34% 3 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1963 LAD NL 26 P 42 42 17 315.1 85 19 62 4 7 .953 2.31 1.93 .951 2.06 2.06 11 8 42% 42% 4 AS,MVP-21
1964 LAD NL 27 P 40 40 21 321.1 84 13 68 3 5 .964 2.27 2.03 .953 2.14 2.13 2 9 82% 40% 4 AS
1965 LAD NL 28 P 44 42 20 308.1 86 22 55 9 4 .895 2.25 1.75 .956 2.08 2.08 12 7 37% 36% 6 AS,MVP-5
1966 LAD NL 29 P 40 40 11 273.2 62 10 45 7 1 .887 1.81 1.38 .947 1.96 1.96 8 5 38% 40% 7
1967 LAD NL 30 P 38 38 9 282.0 80 11 64 5 3 .938 2.39 1.97 .960 2.00 2.00 9 10 53% 41% 10 AS
1968 LAD NL 31 P 31 31 12 239.0 70 15 50 5 4 .929 2.45 2.10 .958 2.01 2.02 9 10 53% 40% 7 AS
1969 LAD NL 32 P 12 12 1 62.2 14 1 13 0 1 1.000 2.01 1.17 .958 1.95 1.94 3 1 25% 40% 1
14 Seasons P 518 465 167 3432.0 933 188 686 59 55 .937 2.29 1.69 .956 2.05 2.04 95 84 47% 39% 51
14 Seasons TOT 518 465 167 3432.0 933 188 686 59 55 .937 2.29 1.69 .956 2.05 2.04 95 84 47% 39% 51
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1956 BRO NL 19 P
1957 BRO NL 20 P
1958 LAD NL 21 P
1959 LAD NL 22 P
1960 LAD NL 23 P
1961 LAD NL 24 P
1962 LAD NL 25 P
1963 LAD NL 26 P
1964 LAD NL 27 P
1965 LAD NL 28 P
1966 LAD NL 29 P
1967 LAD NL 30 P
1968 LAD NL 31 P
1969 LAD NL 32 P
14 Seasons P
14 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1956 BRO NL 19 26 12 26 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1957 BRO NL 20 37 29 37 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1958 LAD NL 21 47 29 47 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
1959 LAD NL 22 46 36 46 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1960 LAD NL 23 41 36 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 LAD NL 24 40 37 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 LAD NL 25 43 41 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 LAD NL 26 42 42 42 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 LAD NL 27 40 40 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 LAD NL 28 58 42 58 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1966 LAD NL 29 46 40 46 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1967 LAD NL 30 38 38 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 LAD NL 31 31 31 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 LAD NL 32 12 12 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Seasons 547 465 547 518 518 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 5
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1956 BRO NL 19 413 81% 31% 26 81% 1 7 1 5 21 16 3 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 11 64%
1957 BRO NL 20 911 78% 35% 64 95% 2 15 2 11 58 46 6 2 0 0 2 0 4 4 4 0 9 100%
1958 LAD NL 21 913 78% 33% 53 81% 0 14 2 9 43 28 8 6 0 0 6 4 10 6 8 2 9 89%
1959 LAD NL 22 1142 71% 28% 60 88% 1 18 2 12 49 37 6 3 0 0 3 1 4 2 4 0 15 87%
1960 LAD NL 23 1084 73% 31% 58 97% 1 16 2 10 58 46 6 3 1 0 2 0 3 2 3 0 4 100%
1961 LAD NL 24 1047 75% 32% 41 88% 1 13 2 9 37 28 3 3 0 1 2 1 3 2 3 0 7 86%
1962 LAD NL 25 1290 78% 31% 68 90% 2 10 4 6 61 41 8 7 3 1 3 3 5 3 4 1 13 77%
1963 LAD NL 26 1266 78% 31% 68 88% 2 20 4 15 61 43 10 4 0 1 3 0 7 4 6 1 7 86%
1964 LAD NL 27 1264 78% 30% 71 87% 1 13 3 10 66 47 7 3 0 0 3 0 5 1 3 2 15 93%
1965 LAD NL 28 1262 81% 28% 60 82% 2 21 3 16 54 39 1 8 0 3 5 4 4 0 3 1 9 67%
1966 LAD NL 29 1135 82% 30% 48 83% 0 10 1 7 46 29 5 7 0 3 4 3 2 1 2 0 9 78%
1967 LAD NL 30 1151 80% 29% 57 88% 0 12 1 9 61 39 5 5 0 2 3 1 3 1 2 1 7 86%
1968 LAD NL 31 901 80% 31% 52 85% 0 14 3 10 48 34 4 5 0 2 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 100%
1969 LAD NL 32 267 88% 31% 15 73% 0 1 0 0 13 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 100%
14 Seasons 14046 78% 31% 741 87% 13 184 30 129 676 483 73 58 4 14 40 20 55 29 45 10 121 84%
MLB Averages 79% 28% 90% 83%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1975 BBWAA (21.0%)
1976 BBWAA (29.4%)
1977 BBWAA (51.4%)
1978 BBWAA (57.8%)
1979 BBWAA (53.9%)
1980 BBWAA (61.8%)
1981 BBWAA (60.6%)
1982 BBWAA (56.1%)
1983 BBWAA (64.7%)
1984 BBWAA (78.4%)
Selected to HOF in 1984 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1957 NL (19, 2%)
1962 NL (5, 30%)
1963 NL (21, 1%)
1965 NL (5, 28%)
0.61 Career Shares (395th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1962 ML (1, 70%)
1 Cy Young
0.70 Career Shares (81st)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1959 July NL Player of the Month
1960 July NL Player of the Month
1968 May NL Player of the Month

Assists as P s c a p y
1957 NL  60 (1st)
1958 NL  45 (5th)
1959 NL  48 (1st)
1960 NL  60 (3rd)
1962 NL  60 (1st)
1963 NL  62 (3rd)
1964 NL  68 (2nd)
1965 NL  55 (3rd)
1967 NL  64 (1st)
Career  686 (97th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1958 NL  6 (1st)
1959 NL  3 (4th)
1961 NL  3 (5th)
1962 NL  7 (1st)
1965 NL  9 (1st)
1966 NL  7 (2nd)
1967 NL  5 (1st)
1968 NL  5 (4th)
Career  59 (70th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1957 NL  3.05 (1st)
1958 NL  2.55 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1957 NL  2.21 (1st)
1960 NL  1.90 (4th)
1963 NL  1.93 (4th)
1964 NL  2.03 (3rd)
1967 NL  1.97 (4th)
1968 NL  2.10 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1956 NL  born 1936-07-23 (6th)

             

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Name and misspellings: Big Big D Donald Airedale donald Don dave D Big Scott Drysdale

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