Johnny Podres, Boy of Summer was 75

Sports Illustrated coverJohnny Podres was the most valuable player of the 1955 World Series that brought Brooklyn its first championship over the great Yankees teams, then went on to become a dependable third starting pitcher in the early Los Angeles years behind stars Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. He was 23 when he pitched a complete game for the Dodgers to win Game 7 of that storied series against the Yankees. His opposing pitcher in that game, Tommy Byrne, died last month. Podres died Sunday in Glen Falls, NY after being treated for heart and kidney problems and a leg infection. Podres won 95 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and one season here went 18-5. NYT

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