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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season [*]
Team: Dodgers 1956-1969

Final 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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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 24, 2014 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #43. Don Sutton… #44. Tony Mullane… #45. Smoky Joe Wood… #46. DON DRYSDALE… #47. Juan Marichal… #48. Mariano Rivera… #49. Red Faber… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1956 19 BRO NL 5 5 .500 2.64 25 12 6 2 0 0 99.0 95 35 29 9 31 3 55 3 0 3 413 152 3.47 1.273 8.6 0.8 2.8 5.0 1.77
1957 20 BRO NL 17 9 .654 2.69 34 29 4 9 4 0 221.0 197 76 66 17 61 3 148 7 1 3 911 153 3.04 1.167 8.0 0.7 2.5 6.0 2.43 MVP-19
1958 21 LAD NL 12 13 .480 4.17 44 29 7 6 1 0 211.2 214 107 98 21 72 6 131 14 2 8 913 100 3.75 1.351 9.1 0.9 3.1 5.6 1.82
1959 ★ 22 LAD NL 17 13 .567 3.46 44 36 7 15 4 2 270.2 237 113 104 26 93 9 242 18 2 4 1142 122 3.23 1.219 7.9 0.9 3.1 8.0 2.60 AS
1960 23 LAD NL 15 14 .517 2.84 41 36 5 15 5 2 269.0 214 93 85 27 72 5 246 10 0 6 1083 139 2.92 1.063 7.2 0.9 2.4 8.2 3.42
1961 ★ 24 LAD NL 13 10 .565 3.69 40 37 2 10 3 0 244.0 236 111 100 29 83 15 182 20 1 7 1047 116 3.89 1.307 8.7 1.1 3.1 6.7 2.19 AS
1962 ★ 25 LAD NL 25 9 .735 2.83 43 41 2 19 2 1 314.1 272 122 99 21 78 12 232 11 0 8 1289 128 2.86 1.113 7.8 0.6 2.2 6.6 2.97 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1963 ★ 26 LAD NL 19 17 .528 2.63 42 42 0 17 3 0 315.1 287 114 92 25 57 13 251 10 0 4 1266 114 2.56 1.091 8.2 0.7 1.6 7.2 4.40 AS,MVP-21
1964 ★ 27 LAD NL 18 16 .529 2.18 40 40 0 21 5 0 321.1 242 91 78 15 68 9 237 10 1 11 1264 147 2.46 0.965 6.8 0.4 1.9 6.6 3.49 AS
1965 ★ 28 LAD NL 23 12 .657 2.77 44 42 1 20 7 1 308.1 270 113 95 30 66 11 210 12 0 11 1262 118 3.18 1.090 7.9 0.9 1.9 6.1 3.18 AS,MVP-5
1966 29 LAD NL 13 16 .448 3.42 40 40 0 11 3 0 273.2 279 114 104 21 45 8 177 17 1 7 1135 96 2.94 1.184 9.2 0.7 1.5 5.8 3.93
1967 ★ 30 LAD NL 13 16 .448 2.74 38 38 0 9 3 0 282.0 269 101 86 19 60 19 196 8 2 5 1151 112 2.75 1.167 8.6 0.6 1.9 6.3 3.27 AS
1968 ★ 31 LAD NL 14 12 .538 2.15 31 31 0 12 8 0 239.0 201 68 57 11 56 10 155 12 0 4 954 128 2.54 1.075 7.6 0.4 2.1 5.8 2.77 AS
1969 32 LAD NL 5 4 .556 4.45 12 12 0 1 1 0 62.2 71 34 31 9 13 0 24 2 0 1 267 75 4.33 1.340 10.2 1.3 1.9 3.4 1.85
14 Yrs 209 166 .557 2.95 518 465 34 167 49 6 3432.0 3084 1292 1124 280 855 123 2486 154 10 82 14097 121 3.02 1.148 8.1 0.7 2.2 6.5 2.91
162 Game Avg. 14 11 .557 2.95 36 32 2 12 3 0 237 213 89 78 19 59 9 172 11 1 6 975 121 3.02 1.148 8.1 0.7 2.2 6.5 2.91
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1956 19 BRO NL 99.0 25 12 35 3.18 4.11 0.58 0.00 106.5 3.75 8 0.9 .4 -0.1 1.8 16 .535 .505
1957 20 BRO NL 221.0 34 29 76 3.10 4.41 0.25 0.00 106.4 4.43 34 4.0 1.1 -0.1 6.1 55 .616 .524 MVP-19
1958 21 LAD NL 211.2 44 29 107 4.55 4.62 -0.17 0.00 101.4 4.86 8 0.9 .7 -0.2 2.9 29 .520 .505
1959 ★ 22 LAD NL 270.2 44 36 113 3.76 4.57 -0.01 0.00 104.3 4.78 28 3.1 1.6 -0.1 5.8 58 .571 .519 $19,000 AS
1960 23 LAD NL 269.0 41 36 93 3.11 4.36 0.20 0.06 102.8 4.34 36 4.2 2.2 -0.1 6.9 63 .603 .526 $25,000
1961 ★ 24 LAD NL 244.0 40 37 111 4.09 4.48 -0.23 0.07 107.0 5.12 26 2.9 1.2 -0.1 5.4 54 .572 .518 $32,500 AS
1962 ★ 25 LAD NL 314.1 43 41 122 3.49 4.42 -0.09 0.07 90.4 4.14 21 2.2 4.8 -0.1 5.3 55 .552 .514 $36,000 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1963 ★ 26 LAD NL 315.1 42 42 114 3.25 3.77 -0.17 0.06 91.2 3.65 11 1.3 -0.2 4.3 42 .531 .508 $46,000 AS,MVP-21
1964 ★ 27 LAD NL 321.1 40 40 91 2.55 3.99 0.03 0.06 93.7 3.77 40 4.9 -0.2 8.0 74 .623 .530 $70,000 AS
1965 ★ 28 LAD NL 308.1 44 42 113 3.30 3.92 0.38 0.06 93.3 3.37 3 0.3 2.4 -0.2 3.2 31 .507 .502 AS,MVP-5
1966 29 LAD NL 273.2 40 40 114 3.75 4.12 -0.08 0.07 92.2 3.94 3 0.3 -0.2 2.8 30 .509 .502 $110,000
1967 ★ 30 LAD NL 282.0 38 38 101 3.22 3.88 -0.28 0.06 91.2 3.86 16 2.0 -0.2 4.6 44 .553 .512 $100,000 AS
1968 ★ 31 LAD NL 239.0 31 31 68 2.56 3.45 -0.18 0.05 91.3 3.35 18 2.4 -0.1 4.4 38 .577 .515 $100,000 AS
1969 32 LAD NL 62.2 12 12 34 4.88 4.19 0.14 0.06 95.0 3.91 -7 -0.8 -0.0 -0.2 -1 .435 .495 $115,000
14 Seasons 3432.0 518 465 1292 3.39 4.15 -0.00 0.05 96.8 4.08 246 28.6 1.2 -1.8 61.2 588 .555 .514 $653,500

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1956 19 BRO NL WS L NYY 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 1.500 9.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 1.00
1959 ❍ 22 LAD NL WS W CHW 1 0 1.000 1.29 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 11 1 1 0 4 1 5 0 0 0 32 2.143 14.1 0.0 5.1 6.4 1.25
1963 ❍ 26 LAD NL WS W NYY 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 0 1 1 0 9.0 3 0 0 0 1 1 9 1 0 0 32 0.444 3.0 0.0 1.0 9.0 9.00
1965 ❍ 28 LAD NL WS W MIN 1 1 .500 3.86 2 2 0 1 0 0 11.2 12 9 5 4 3 0 15 0 0 0 50 1.286 9.3 3.1 2.3 11.6 5.00
1966 29 LAD NL WS L BAL 0 2 .000 4.50 2 2 0 1 0 0 10.0 8 5 5 3 3 0 6 0 0 0 39 1.100 7.2 2.7 2.7 5.4 2.00
5 Yrs (5 Series) 3 3 .500 2.95 7 6 1 3 1 0 39.2 36 17 13 8 12 2 36 1 0 0 162 1.210 8.2 1.8 2.7 8.2 3.00
5 WS 3 3 .500 2.95 7 6 1 3 1 0 39.2 36 17 13 8 12 2 36 1 0 0 162 1.210 8.2 1.8 2.7 8.2 3.00

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1956 19 BRO NL 26 29 26 4 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 8 .192 .222 .346 .568 45 9 1 0 2 0 0 1
1957 20 BRO NL 37 83 73 7 9 0 0 2 6 0 0 7 29 .123 .200 .205 .405 6 15 3 0 3 0 0 1 MVP-19
1958 21 LAD NL 47 72 66 9 15 1 1 7 12 0 0 3 25 .227 .261 .591 .852 114 39 0 0 3 0 0 1
1959 ★ 22 LAD NL 46 104 91 9 15 1 1 4 12 0 1 4 31 .165 .198 .330 .528 34 30 2 0 8 1 0 1 AS
1960 23 LAD NL 41 99 83 3 13 6 2 0 4 0 0 6 32 .157 .211 .277 .488 30 23 0 0 9 1 0 1
1961 ★ 24 LAD NL 40 95 83 9 16 1 0 5 12 0 0 6 24 .193 .244 .386 .630 60 32 4 0 5 1 0 1 AS
1962 ★ 25 LAD NL 43 126 111 9 22 4 1 0 14 0 1 5 29 .198 .246 .252 .498 38 28 4 2 8 0 0 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1963 ★ 26 LAD NL 42 114 96 5 16 1 1 0 5 0 0 9 35 .167 .241 .198 .439 33 19 3 1 6 2 0 1 AS,MVP-21
1964 ★ 27 LAD NL 40 128 110 10 19 2 0 1 8 0 0 4 29 .173 .202 .218 .420 22 24 3 0 14 0 0 1 AS
1965 ★ 28 LAD NL 58 138 130 18 39 4 1 7 19 0 0 5 34 .300 .331 .508 .839 140 66 6 1 2 0 0 1 AS,MVP-5
1966 29 LAD NL 46 111 106 6 20 2 0 2 8 0 0 3 28 .189 .211 .264 .475 36 28 5 0 2 0 0 1
1967 ★ 30 LAD NL 38 101 93 2 12 1 0 0 6 0 0 5 26 .129 .172 .140 .312 -6 13 1 0 2 1 0 1 AS
1968 ★ 31 LAD NL 31 84 79 4 14 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 29 .177 .188 .190 .377 18 15 1 1 4 0 0 1 AS
1969 32 LAD NL 12 25 22 1 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 11 .136 .208 .182 .390 14 4 1 0 1 0 0 1
14 Yrs 547 1309 1169 96 218 26 7 29 113 0 2 60 370 .186 .228 .295 .523 45 345 34 5 69 6 0
162 Game Avg. 162 388 346 28 65 8 2 9 33 0 1 18 110 .186 .228 .295 .523 45 102 10 1 20 2 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1956 19 BRO NL 26 29 -2 0 -0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1957 20 BRO NL 37 83 -10 0 -0 0 9 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 1 MVP-19
1958 21 LAD NL 47 72 1 -0 0 0 8 8 0.8 0 8 0.8 .518 .505 0.8 -0.0 8 1
1959 ★ 22 LAD NL 46 104 -7 -0 0 0 12 4 0.5 0 4 0.5 .510 .503 0.5 0.0 4 $19,000 1 AS
1960 23 LAD NL 41 99 -10 0 0 0 11 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 -0.0 2 $25,000 1
1961 ★ 24 LAD NL 40 95 -5 -1 -0 0 11 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .514 .503 0.5 -0.0 5 $32,500 1 AS
1962 ★ 25 LAD NL 43 126 -9 -1 -1 0 15 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .510 .503 0.4 0.0 4 $36,000 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1963 ★ 26 LAD NL 42 114 -9 0 -0 0 13 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .510 .503 0.4 0.0 4 $46,000 1 AS,MVP-21
1964 ★ 27 LAD NL 40 128 -11 -0 0 0 15 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .510 .503 0.4 0.0 4 $70,000 1 AS
1965 ★ 28 LAD NL 58 138 6 -1 -1 0 16 20 2.2 0 20 2.2 .539 .514 2.2 0.0 20 1 AS,MVP-5
1966 29 LAD NL 46 111 -7 -0 -1 0 12 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .509 .503 0.4 0.1 4 $110,000 1
1967 ★ 30 LAD NL 38 101 -12 -0 0 0 11 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 $100,000 1 AS
1968 ★ 31 LAD NL 31 84 -7 -0 0 0 9 1 0.2 0 1 0.2 .506 .501 0.2 0.1 1 $100,000 1 AS
1969 32 LAD NL 12 25 -3 -1 -0 0 3 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .495 .500 -0.1 0.0 -0 $115,000 1
14 Seasons 547 1309 -84 -5 -4 0 148 55 5.9 0 55 5.9 .511 .503 5.9 0.1 55 $653,500

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1956 19 BRO NL WS NYY L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 ❍ 22 LAD NL WS CHW W 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 ❍ 26 LAD NL WS NYY W 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667 .000 .667 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 ❍ 28 LAD NL WS MIN W 3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 29 LAD NL WS BAL L 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Yrs (5 Series) 8 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 .000 .167 .000 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 WS 8 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 .000 .167 .000 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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

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 (391st)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1962 ML (1, 70%)
1 Cy Young
0.70 Career Shares (79th)

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

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1957 NL  6.0 (7th)
1960 NL  7.1 (6th)
1961 NL  5.9 (8th)
1964 NL  8.4 (4th)
Career  67.2 (123rd)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1957 NL  6.1 (1st)
1959 NL  5.8 (3rd)
1960 NL  6.9 (2nd)
1961 NL  5.4 (3rd)
1962 NL  5.3 (7th)
1964 NL  8.0 (1st)
1967 NL  4.6 (10th)
1968 NL  4.4 (9th)
Career  61.2 (52nd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1957 NL  2.69 (2nd)
1960 NL  2.84 (3rd)
1961 NL  3.69 (9th)
1962 NL  2.83 (4th)
1963 NL  2.63 (9th)
1964 NL  2.18 (2nd)
1965 NL  2.77 (8th)
1967 NL  2.74 (9th)
1968 NL  2.15 (6th)
Career  2.95 (155th)

Wins s c a p y
1957 NL  17 (4th)
1959 NL  17 (7th)
1962 NL  25 (1st)
1963 NL  19 (6th)
1964 NL  18 (8th)
1965 NL  23 (3rd)
Career  209 (96th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1957 NL  .654 (4th)
1962 NL  .735 (3rd)
1965 NL  .657 (7th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1957 NL  1.167 (3rd)
1960 NL  1.063 (1st)
1962 NL  1.113 (3rd)
1963 NL  1.091 (10th)
1964 NL  0.965 (2nd)
1965 NL  1.090 (5th)
Career  1.148 (64th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1957 NL  8.023 (7th)
1959 NL  7.881 (4th)
1960 NL  7.160 (4th)
1962 NL  7.788 (4th)
1964 NL  6.778 (2nd)
1968 NL  7.569 (10th)
Career  8.087 (150th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1962 NL  2.233 (9th)
1963 NL  1.627 (4th)
1965 NL  1.926 (9th)
1966 NL  1.480 (4th)
1967 NL  1.915 (7th)
Career  2.242 (179th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1957 NL  6.027 (6th)
1958 NL  5.570 (8th)
1959 NL  8.047 (1st)
1960 NL  8.231 (2nd)
1961 NL  6.713 (4th)
1962 NL  6.643 (7th)
1963 NL  7.164 (7th)
Career  6.519 (182nd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1957 NL  221.0 (10th)
1958 NL  211.7 (9th)
1959 NL  270.7 (4th)
1960 NL  269.0 (5th)
1961 NL  244.0 (9th)
1962 NL  314.3 (1st)
1963 NL  315.3 (2nd)
1964 NL  321.3 (1st)
1965 NL  308.3 (2nd)
1966 NL  273.7 (5th)
1967 NL  282.0 (5th)
Career  3,432.0 (79th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1957 NL  148 (5th)
1958 NL  131 (6th)
1959 NL  242 (1st)
1960 NL  246 (1st)
1961 NL  182 (3rd)
1962 NL  232 (1st)
1963 NL  251 (3rd)
1964 NL  237 (3rd)
1965 NL  210 (9th)
1966 NL  177 (10th)
1967 NL  196 (6th)
Career  2,486 (31st)

Games Started s c a p y
1959 NL  36 (4th)
1960 NL  36 (3rd)
1961 NL  37 (2nd)
1962 NL  41 (1st)
1963 NL  42 (1st)
1964 NL  40 (1st)
1965 NL  42 (1st)
1966 NL  40 (3rd)
1967 NL  38 (3rd)
Career  465 (70th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1959 NL  15 (8th)
1960 NL  15 (6th)
1962 NL  19 (4th)
1963 NL  17 (5th)
1964 NL  21 (2nd)
1965 NL  20 (3rd)
1966 NL  11 (9th)
Career  167 (190th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1957 NL  4 (2nd)
1959 NL  4 (1st)
1960 NL  5 (2nd)
1961 NL  3 (3rd)
1962 NL  2 (10th)
1964 NL  5 (2nd)
1965 NL  7 (3rd)
1967 NL  3 (6th)
1968 NL  8 (2nd)
Career  49 (21st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1959 NL  26 (4th)
1960 NL  27 (3rd)
1961 NL  29 (3rd)
1963 NL  25 (4th)
1965 NL  30 (2nd)
1967 NL  19 (10th)
Career  280 (73rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1959 NL  93 (3rd)
1961 NL  83 (10th)
Career  855 (194th)

Hits s c a p y
1958 NL  214 (9th)
1959 NL  237 (10th)
1961 NL  236 (5th)
1962 NL  272 (3rd)
1963 NL  287 (1st)
1964 NL  242 (7th)
1965 NL  270 (1st)
1966 NL  279 (2nd)
1967 NL  269 (2nd)
Career  3,084 (112th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1957 NL  2.426 (5th)
1959 NL  2.602 (5th)
1960 NL  3.417 (3rd)
1961 NL  2.193 (10th)
1962 NL  2.974 (4th)
1963 NL  4.404 (2nd)
1964 NL  3.485 (8th)
1965 NL  3.182 (6th)
1966 NL  3.933 (6th)
1967 NL  3.267 (7th)
Career  2.908 (56th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1957 NL  0.692 (6th)
1962 NL  0.601 (5th)
1964 NL  0.420 (6th)
1966 NL  0.691 (8th)
1968 NL  0.414 (9th)

Losses s c a p y
1958 NL  13 (7th)
1959 NL  13 (8th)
1960 NL  14 (6th)
1963 NL  17 (4th)
1964 NL  16 (6th)
1966 NL  16 (3rd)
1967 NL  16 (4th)
Career  166 (100th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1958 NL  98 (6th)
1959 NL  104 (5th)
1961 NL  100 (8th)
1963 NL  92 (6th)
1965 NL  95 (8th)
1966 NL  104 (5th)
1967 NL  86 (7th)
Career  1,124 (167th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1958 NL  8 (4th)
1964 NL  11 (6th)
1965 NL  11 (7th)
Career  82 (182nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1957 NL  7 (4th)
1958 NL  14 (1st)
1959 NL  18 (1st)
1960 NL  10 (1st)
1961 NL  20 (1st)
1962 NL  11 (5th)
1963 NL  10 (5th)
1964 NL  10 (2nd)
1965 NL  12 (1st)
1966 NL  17 (2nd)
1967 NL  8 (2nd)
1968 NL  12 (2nd)
Career  154 (19th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1958 NL  913 (9th)
1959 NL  1,142 (5th)
1960 NL  1,083 (7th)
1961 NL  1,047 (6th)
1962 NL  1,289 (1st)
1963 NL  1,266 (2nd)
1964 NL  1,264 (1st)
1965 NL  1,262 (2nd)
1966 NL  1,135 (5th)
1967 NL  1,151 (5th)
Career  14,097 (86th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1957 NL  153 (2nd)
1960 NL  139 (2nd)
1961 NL  116 (10th)
1962 NL  128 (8th)
1964 NL  147 (3rd)
1968 NL  128 (8th)
Career  121 (113th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1957 NL  3.04 (4th)
1959 NL  3.23 (6th)
1960 NL  2.92 (4th)
1962 NL  2.86 (5th)
1963 NL  2.56 (7th)
1964 NL  2.47 (5th)
1966 NL  2.94 (10th)
1967 NL  2.75 (10th)
Career  3.02 (138th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1956 NL  13 (10th)
1957 NL  32 (1st)
1959 NL  23 (6th)
1960 NL  33 (1st)
1961 NL  16 (10th)
1962 NL  26 (6th)
1964 NL  40 (2nd)
1968 NL  16 (10th)
Career  228 (59th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1956 NL  1.4 (9th)
1957 NL  3.5 (1st)
1959 NL  2.4 (6th)
1960 NL  3.6 (1st)
1961 NL  1.6 (10th)
1962 NL  2.7 (6th)
1964 NL  4.5 (2nd)
1968 NL  1.9 (10th)
Career  24.7 (52nd)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1957 NL  34.16 (2nd)
1959 NL  25.81 (7th)
1960 NL  43.28 (1st)
1962 NL  34.87 (3rd)
1964 NL  50.78 (1st)
1965 NL  21.50 (10th)
1968 NL  22.95 (5th)
Career  294.17 (21st)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1957 NL  3.1 (4th)
1959 NL  2.6 (4th)
1960 NL  5.0 (2nd)
1962 NL  2.8 (8th)
1964 NL  4.4 (4th)
1965 NL  2.5 (8th)
1968 NL  4.2 (3rd)
Career  28.2 (35th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1957 NL  2.5 (3rd)
1959 NL  2.6 (3rd)
1960 NL  3.4 (2nd)
1962 NL  4.1 (1st)
1964 NL  6.5 (1st)
1968 NL  2.7 (6th)
Career  27.0 (29th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1957 NL  3.6 (3rd)
1959 NL  2.6 (7th)
1960 NL  4.6 (1st)
1962 NL  3.8 (3rd)
1964 NL  6.2 (1st)
1965 NL  2.5 (10th)
1968 NL  2.9 (5th)
Career  32.9 (20th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1959 NL  8 (10th)
1960 NL  9 (6th)
1964 NL  14 (2nd)

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)


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 27 (62), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 200 (40), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 134 (53), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
Pitching - 42 (65), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (49th), 67.2 career WAR/44.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1959 22 Los Angeles Dodgers $19,000 ? 1/27/60 TSN
1960 23 Los Angeles Dodgers $25,000 ? 1/27/60 TSN
1961 24 Los Angeles Dodgers $32,500 ? 2/8/61 TSN
1962 25 Los Angeles Dodgers $36,000 ? 2/9/63 TSN BJHA says $35,000; 11/17/62 TSN says $37,500
1963 26 Los Angeles Dodgers $46,000 ? 2/9/63 TSN
1964 27 Los Angeles Dodgers $70,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1966 29 Los Angeles Dodgers $110,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1967 30 Los Angeles Dodgers $100,000 ? 4/8/67 TSN
1968 31 Los Angeles Dodgers $100,000 ? 2/24/68 TSN
1969 32 Los Angeles Dodgers $115,000 ? 3/29/69 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$653,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name Translations

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Finnish: Don Drysdale tilastot
French: Don Drysdale statistiques
Japanese: ドン・ドライスデール 統計
Chinese: 唐·德萊斯戴爾 统计

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