In the fall of 1957, then-Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, 20, found out via an early morning phone call from team General Manager Buzzie Bavasi that he had to enter into a six-month program with the U.S. Army Reserves or else he would be drafted into military service. Drysdale, along with Dodgers teammate Sandy Koufax, was destined to spend the next half a year in the U.S. Army Reserves at Fort Dix, New Jersey.Both Drysdale and Koufax spent the winter of 1957-58 in the US Army Reserves, and it's likely it is here where they both received confirmation that the Dodgers would be moving to Los Angeles. I imagine Drysdale was ecstatic about the change since he grew up in the area.
In his book entitled “Once a Bum, Always a Dodger,” Drysdale wrote: “Those six months were good for me. When you wake up at three-thirty every morning, and you realize that some of your buddies are just getting in back home, it you a lot of discipline. The service should be mandatory for every kid in America. You thought you were hot stuff being a major league pitcher, and then you went to Fort Dix and found out that it doesn’t matter who you were. There were no exceptions.”
Below are Drysdale's dog tags. (Auction Link Here)
Here is Drysdale's Armed Forces ID. (Auction Link Here)
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