Body of Missing Woman Found in Car Trunk; Dodgers Win in 13th Inning
July 10, 1959: A heatwave sears Southern California as a fire threatens homes in the Linda Vista neighborhood of Pasadena.
The Dodgers' games against the Milwaukee Braves are fascinating to study since the teams finished the regular season tied and faced each other in a playoff to decide the 1959 National League champion.
In a typically close game, the Dodgers edged the Braves, 4-3, in 13 innings. The Dodgers moved into second place with the victory, wedged between the first-place Giants and the third-place Braves.
What stood out was how pitching has changed. Milwaukee's Warren Spahn took the loss after pitching 5 2/3 innings in relief of starter Joey Jay.
Spahn was still a top pitcher. He would win 21 games in 1959, the fourth of six consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins. What was he doing coming out of the bullpen?
The Dodgers' relief staff was similarly quiet. Roger Craig was the winning pitcher and he really earned it, pitching the final 11 innings. There's a reference in the story to how few pitches Craig threw, but 11 innings is a lot under any circumstance. Wonder how many pitchers the Dodgers and Braves would use in a similar game today.
And this wasn't a rare case. The next afternoon, Don Drysdale came out of the bullpen to pitch the Dodgers past the Braves in the final game of the series. Drysdale had pitched two scoreless innings the night before, but the game was rained out in the third inning. He was scheduled to pitch the first game of the next series in Cincinnati but was called in when Sandy Koufax struggled. There was no one else? Drysdale pitched six innings.
It's impossible to imagine a current manager juggling such a star pitcher.
-- Keith Thursby