Johnny Podres Stats

Johnny Podres was born on Friday, September 30, 1932, in Witherbee, New York. Podres was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 17, 1953, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Johnny Podres baseball stats page.

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"He was one in a million. I have said this many times: I've had many good pitchers on my teams during my career, including the best in the business in Sandy Koufax , and I am sure that all these pitchers will agree that if a club had to win one game, it would be (Johnny) Podres that would get the call." - Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi (Ken Gurnick, 01/14/2008, 'Dodgers greats mourn Podres' passing', Source )

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Johnny Podres Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#263 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Johnny Podres Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#263 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Joseph Podres
Nickname:
Johnny
Born On:
09-30-1932  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Witherbee, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-13-2008 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Glens Falls, New York
Cemetery:
St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Moriah, New York
High School:
Mineville High School (Witherbee, NY)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
192
First Game:
04-17-1953 (Age 20)
Last Game:
06-21-1969
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Johnny Podres Pitching Stats

1953 21 Dodgers 33 18 3 9 4 .692 4.23 3 1 0 115.0 518 126 54 62 12 64 6 82 2 1 0 -
1954 22 Dodgers 29 21 4 11 7 .611 4.27 6 2 0 151.2 641 147 72 77 13 53 0 79 3 1 0 -
1955 23 Dodgers 27 24 0 9 10 .474 3.95 5 2 0 159.1 684 160 70 80 15 57 2 114 5 4 0 -
1957 25 Dodgers 31 27 4 12 9 .571 2.66 10 6 3 196.0 783 168 58 64 15 44 1 109 3 1 0 -
1958 26 Dodgers 39 31 4 13 15 .464 3.72 10 2 1 210.1 890 208 87 96 27 78 8 143 4 2 3 -
1959 27 Dodgers 34 29 1 14 9 .609 4.11 6 2 0 195.0 823 192 89 93 23 74 7 145 8 3 0 -
1960 28 Dodgers 34 33 1 14 12 .538 3.08 8 1 0 227.2 951 217 78 88 25 71 9 159 7 1 1 -
1961 29 Dodgers 32 29 2 18 5 .783 3.74 6 1 0 182.2 772 192 76 81 27 51 2 124 8 4 0 -
1962 30 Dodgers 40 40 0 15 13 .536 3.81 8 0 0 255.0 1,083 270 108 121 20 71 14 178 4 3 0 -
1963 31 Dodgers 37 34 3 14 12 .538 3.54 10 5 1 198.1 845 196 78 91 16 64 13 134 5 3 4 -
1964 32 Dodgers 2 2 0 0 2 .000 16.87 0 0 0 2.2 16 5 5 5 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 -
1965 33 Dodgers 27 22 4 7 6 .538 3.43 2 1 1 134.0 560 126 51 57 17 39 4 63 6 2 0 -
1966 34 Dodgers 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 1.2 8 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 -
1966 34 Tigers 36 13 12 4 5 .444 3.43 2 1 4 107.2 459 106 41 48 12 34 3 53 4 1 0 -
1967 35 Tigers 21 8 6 3 1 .750 3.84 0 0 1 63.1 251 58 27 29 12 11 2 34 3 1 0 -
1969 37 Padres 17 9 2 5 6 .455 4.31 1 0 0 64.2 287 66 31 34 7 28 3 17 3 1 0 -
15 Years 440 340 46 148 116 .561 3.68 77 24 11 2,265.0 9,571 2,239 925 1,026 242 743 76 1,435 66 28 8 -

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Johnny Podres Hitting Stats

1953 21 Dodgers 34 36 5 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 .306 .324 .306
1954 22 Dodgers 38 60 7 17 3 1 0 0 4 5 0 5 3 2 0 2 .283 .328 .367
1955 23 Dodgers 32 60 9 11 2 0 0 0 5 4 0 5 4 0 0 1 .183 .234 .217
1957 25 Dodgers 35 72 6 15 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 5 3 0 0 2 .208 .230 .264
1958 26 Dodgers 42 71 5 9 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 17 4 2 0 0 .127 .147 .127
1959 27 Dodgers 34 65 4 16 1 0 0 0 4 6 0 13 3 1 0 1 .246 .306 .262
1960 28 Dodgers 34 66 3 9 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 15 10 1 1 0 .136 .205 .136
1961 29 Dodgers 32 69 3 16 2 0 0 0 7 2 0 8 4 1 0 2 .232 .250 .261
1962 30 Dodgers 40 88 6 14 2 0 1 0 5 2 0 8 5 0 1 1 .159 .187 .216
1963 31 Dodgers 37 64 6 9 2 0 1 0 8 1 0 11 3 3 0 0 .141 .147 .219
1964 32 Dodgers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 1.000 .000
1965 33 Dodgers 27 45 1 8 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 8 1 0 0 0 .178 .196 .178
1966 34 Dodgers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1966 34 Tigers 36 30 5 7 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 0 2 .233 .281 .333
1967 35 Tigers 21 20 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100
1969 37 Padres 17 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 .063 .059 .063
15 Years 462 762 61 145 19 1 2 0 50 32 0 108 43 11 4 14 .190 .224 .226

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Johnny Podres Fielding Stats

1953 Dodgers P 33 18 345 24 0.7 23 6 17 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.80
1954 Dodgers P 29 21 455 27 0.9 26 11 15 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .963 1.54
1955 Dodgers P 27 24 478 29 1.1 28 7 21 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.58
1957 Dodgers P 31 27 588 42 1.4 41 9 32 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.88
1958 Dodgers P 39 31 631 34 0.9 32 7 25 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.37
1959 Dodgers P 34 29 585 45 1.3 43 6 37 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .956 1.98
1960 Dodgers P 34 33 683 39 1.1 38 8 30 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.50
1961 Dodgers P 32 29 548 33 1.0 32 6 26 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.58
1962 Dodgers P 40 40 765 41 1.0 35 4 31 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .854 1.24
1963 Dodgers P 37 34 595 35 0.9 35 2 33 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1964 Dodgers P 2 2 8 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1965 Dodgers P 27 22 402 19 0.7 18 3 15 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.21
1966 Dodgers P 1 0 5 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
1966 Tigers P 36 13 323 22 0.6 21 7 14 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.76
1967 Tigers P 21 8 190 10 0.5 10 3 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.42
1969 Padres P 17 9 194 10 0.6 10 1 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.39
P Totals 440 340 6,795 411 0.9 393 80 313 18 24 n/a n/a n/a .956 1.56
15 Years 440 340 6,795 411 0.9 393 80 313 18 24 n/a n/a n/a .956 1.56

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Johnny Podres Miscellaneous Stats

1953 Dodgers 1 0 1.000 1 1 n/a 0.0 36.0 36.0 1.28 6.42 5.01
1954 Dodgers 0 0 .000 9 1 n/a 0.0 12.0 15.0 1.49 4.69 3.15
1955 Dodgers 0 1 .000 1 4 n/a 0.0 12.0 12.0 2.00 6.44 3.22
1957 Dodgers 0 1 .000 0 4 n/a 0.0 14.4 18.0 2.48 5.01 2.02
1958 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 3 n/a 0.0 4.2 17.8 1.83 6.12 3.34
1959 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 16.3 1.96 6.69 3.42
1960 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 22.0 2.24 6.29 2.81
1961 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.6 9.9 2.43 6.11 2.51
1962 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 88.0 11.0 17.6 2.51 6.28 2.51
1963 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 64.0 5.8 8.0 2.09 6.08 2.90
1964 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 10.12
1965 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.6 22.5 1.62 4.23 2.62
1966 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 5.40 5.40
1966 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 15.0 1.56 4.43 2.84
1967 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 3.09 4.83 1.56
1969 Padres 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 16.0 0.61 2.37 3.90
15 Years 1 2 .333 11 13 n/a 381.0 7.1 15.2 1.93 5.70 2.95

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Johnny Podres Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 45 Undetermined - Stats
1954 Brooklyn Dodgers 45 Undetermined - -
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 45 Undetermined - Stats
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers 45 Undetermined - -
1958 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined Stats -
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $20,000.00 - Stats
1960 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $22,000.00 Stats -
1961 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $25,000.00 - -
1962 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $30,000.00 Stats -
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $38,000.00 - Stats
1964 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $42,000.00 - -
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $35,000.00 - -
1966 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $30,000.00 - -
1966 Detroit Tigers 22 "     " - -
1967 Detroit Tigers 22 $28,000.00 - -
1969 San Diego Padres 45 $25,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Johnny Podres, who started and threw two complete game victories in the 1955 World Series ( Game 3 - when Brooklyn was down 0-2 & Game 7 - Series tied 3-3 and game played in Yankee Stadium / pictured below), won the first ever World Series Most Valuable Player Award ever given to any player?

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Johnny Podres | New York Daily News | January 13, 2008 | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac
On August 8, 2002, Johnny Podres - the last ERA Champion for the Brooklyn Dodgers (2.66 in 1958) - was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame ( link ). The awards banquet featured this wonderful brief biography written by Dan Ewald:

Bold and Brash

Johnny Podres was a bold, brash left-handed pitcher who complemented a sneaky fastball and wicked curve with just the right pinch of confidence to make him one of the most memorable starters in Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers history.

When he was 70-years-old he still flashed that engaging, carefree demeanor that sparked him to World Series immortality.

"That's just the way I am," Podres modestly explained. "I never took myself too seriously and wound up with a pretty good career. I had a lot of fun."

"Pretty good" is an understatement. In 1955, when the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees for their first World Championship, Podres was superb. In that classic World Series, Podres posted a pair of complete game victories, including a 2-0 gem in the historic seventh game.

"A lot of people wondered why Walter Alston ( Dodger manager ) started me in that seventh game," Podres recalled. "I was pretty young and didn't have a great season. But I guess things worked out alright."

Podres jumped out of the gate quickly in '55 with a 7-2 record by June. Suddenly, he was struck by injuries and wasn't even sure if he would make the World Series roster.

A shoulder injury landed him on the disabled list. After coming back, he suffered another injury when the grounds crew at Ebbets Field accidentally crashed the batting cage into his ribs during pre-game practice. He finished the season with a 9-10 mark.

"They (Dodgers) weren't even sure I would be on the Series' roster," Podres recalled. "But I had a good outing against Pittsburgh late in the season to make it."

And when he got the opportunity, Podres certainly made the most of it.

In Game 3 at Brooklyn on Sept. 30, 1955, Podres celebrated his 23rd birthday with an 8-3 victory to set the stage for his Game 7 masterpiece.

"After I won Game 3, Alston told me that if there is a Game 7, I would be his starter," Podres said. "That gave me a lot of confidence."

Coupled with his natural supply of self-assuredness, Podres proved to be too much to handle-even for the powerful Yankees who always saved their best games for October.

In the final game, Podres scattered five hits for a 2-0 shutout over a stunned crowd at Yankee Stadium as the "Bums from Brooklyn" finally got their chance to celebrate.

"I have to thank Whitey Ford ," Podres cracked. "He beat us in Game 6 to give me a shot at history."

While Podres will forever be remembered for his 1955 World Series dramatics, he distinguished himself consistently over a 15-year major league career.

Born in Witherbee, New York, where he grew up rooting for the Dodgers, Podres broke in with Brooklyn in 1953 when he was only 20. In 33 starts, he posted a 9-4 record. Except for 1956 when he served in the Navy, Podres pitched in the major leagues through the 1969 season.

Upon returning from the Navy, Podres picked up right where he had left off. In 1957, he posted a 12-9 record and led the National League with a 2.66 ERA and six shutouts.

He won at least 13 games in each of the next six seasons. In 1961, in just the Dodgers fourth season in Los Angeles, Podres posted an 18-5 mark and led the league in winning percentage at .783.

He was traded to the Detroit Tigers during the 1966 season. He made 21 starts and had a 3-l record in 1967 when the Tigers took the American League pennant race to the final day of the season.

"By the time I got to the Tigers, I was over the hill," Podres admitted. "But I enjoyed my time there. We lived in Royal Oak and I enjoyed going to the race track in Hazel Park."

Podres also is happy-and quite proud- about being elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.

"A lot of people don't even know I'm Polish," he said. "They think I'm Spanish, but I'm Polish and Lithuanian. This is quite an honor and I'm proud to be part of an organization that has so many distinguished athletes."

Podres finished his career with a 148-116 record and 3.67 ERA. He appeared in four World Series and posted a 4-1 record and sizzling 2.11 ERA.

Podres always will be remembered for his dramatics in the 1955 World Series. But his career record proves he was far more than a "one-season wonder."

So does his induction into the National Polish Sports Hall of Fame.

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Johnny Podres | 1970 Fleer (#52) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Johnny Podres was a four-time All-Star ( 1958 , 1960 , 1960 , 1962 ) who also won four World Series rings ( 1955 , 1959 , 1963 , 1965 ) and led the National League in shutouts in 1957 (6) and win-loss percentage in 1961 (.783).

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