Sportsman of the Year


 

  A nd so, when the country boy from the small mining village stands alone on the mound in Yankee Stadium in the most demanding moment of one of the world's few truly epic sports events, and courageously, skillfully pitches his way to a success as complete, melodramatic and extravagant as that ever dreamed by any boy, the American chapter of the International Order of Frustrated Dreamers rises as one man and roars its recognition.

photograph by Richard Meek
text by Robert Creamer

Johnny Podres pitched two of Brooklyn's wins over the Yankees in the 1955 World Series. In the seventh game, at Yankee Stadium, Podres threw a complete-game shutout to bring Brooklyn its first championship.

Podres, 65, retired as an active player in 1969. He was a pitching coach for several major league teams, most recently the Philadelphia Phillies.

 
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