Believe this: After finishing last in the league in ERA in '92, the Phillies finished sixth this year while also leading the league in complete games. Podres speaks highly of his staff—"My pitchers can do no wrong," he says—but he deflects questions about himself and his career, which included 148 wins in 15 years, four shutout innings in two All-Star Game appearances and a 4-1 record in six World Series starts. He's even hesitant to talk about his two complete-game victories in the '55 Series, including the 2-0 Game 7 shutout that helped earn him, among other things, SI's Sportsman of the Year award.
"I think about that game a lot," Podres says. "I can still see [leftfielder Sandy] Amoros making that catch [of Yogi Berra's drive with the two tying runs on base in the sixth inning]. It's unbelievable for me to be back in the World Series after all this time. I had hoped that somewhere along the way, I would help these guys get here."
And that he did.