Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Johnny Podres 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet

Here is another post featuring the 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet set.  Go here to see my past post showcasing this set; including complete scans of both the Vin Scully/Jerry Doggett and Sandy Koufax booklets.  This time I share the Johnny Podres Booklet.

What could I write about Johnny Podres that you don't already know.  The youthful looking left-hander was a World Series hero for the Dodgers in 1955; winning two important games, including a Game 7.  He would also go on to become an important cog on two more World Championship Dodger clubs before hanging it up in 1969 as a member of the Padres. 

Did you know, though, that Johnny Podres suffered through an back ailment early in his career.  Read what Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi said of it:
"Podres is the only pitcher in the world, " he said, "who develops a chronic back ailment every January.  He called me long distance - collect - from Witherbee, New York, and moans: 'My back is killing me, Buzz.  Send me transportation money so I can get out there.'"
Ever the joker, that Podres was.

Below are complete scans of every page from Johnny Podres's 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet.  Click any pic to embiggen. 

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