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Drysdale Hit by Line Drive

August 18, 2010 |  6:58 am

Aug. 18, 1960, Sports

Aug. 18, 1960: You don't very often see the phrase "nearly maimed" in headlines for baseball stories.

Don Drysdale escaped serious injury when he was struck by a line drive, then he lost the game on the next pitch when Chicago's Ernie Banks homered to beat the Dodgers, 1-0.

And how tough was Drysdale?

"If Don was shaken up, he didn't show it," wrote The Times' Frank Finch. "When Manager Walt Alston asked him if he was hurt, Drysdale said, 'Gimme the ball and let me pitch.' "

Great quote but some dubious journalism. Just where was Finch when he heard Drysdale say that?

-- Keith Thursby