Weaver Leaves With Second Old Slugger Title

When the Dodgers lost Jeff Weaver to free agency, they also lost the best hitting pitcher on the staff. Weaver won the "Old Slugger Award" in both 2004 and 2005. His performances were a model of consistency. He has 15 hits in 70 trips (.214) in '04 and was 16-for-70 (.229) in '05. He is the 10th to earn multiple titles since the Dodgers moved to the left coast.

"Old Slugger Award" presented by Dodgers Dugout to the Dodger pitcher with the highest batting average, is named after the Game of the Week announcing crew of Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese form the 1960s, who would announce "And here comes the o-o-o-l -d slugger" each time a pitcher came to the plate. 2005 Old Sluggers
                  ab  r  h  ave  rbi
Jeff Weaver       70  6 16  .229  7
Brad Penny        50  1  8  .160  3
Derek Lowe        63  3 10  .154  4
Odalis Perez      33  2  4  .121  0
J.J. Houlton      30  1  3  .100  0

  Non-qualifiers 
                  ab  r  h  ave rbi
Edwin Jackson     10  0  2  .200  1
Scott Erickson    13  0  2  .154  0
Elmer Dessens     10  0  0  .000  0
Duaner Sanchez     4  0  0  .000  0
Frankie Osoria     3  0  0  .000  0
Wilson Alvarez     2  0  0  .000  0
Yhency Brazoban    2  0  0  .000  0
Giovanni Carrara   1  0  0  .000  0
Steve Schmoll      1  0  0  .000  0
Derek Thompson     1  0  0  .000  0
Kelly Wunsch       1  0  0  .000  0
2B hits- Penny 3, Lowe and Weaver 2, Houlton 1. BB- Houlton 3, Weaver 2, Lowe, Jackson, Pennyand Perez 1 each. Strikeouts- Weaver 19. Houlton 18, Penny 17, Perez 7, Dessens 6, Erickson 5, Jackson, Osoria and Thompson 2 each, Brazoban, Carrara and Wunch 1 each. Stolen base- Lowe.

Claude Osteen, a clutch pitcher who has been overlooked in the glow of the Koufax-Drysdale mystique, holds the record with six Old Slugger awards, five of them in succession.

Other sluggers who won multiple crowns before Weaver include: Orel Hershiser (5), Fernando Valenzuela (4), Don Drysdale and Ramon Martinez (3) and double winners Johnny Podres, Rick Rhoden, Jerry Reuss and Darren Dreifort.

Bill "Brickyard" Kennedy leads the Dodgers career hit list with 294 hits and Burleigh Grimes is second with 227. Don Drysdale is the Los Angeles leader with 204 —plus 14 more while with Brooklyn.

Drysdale had a remarkable season in 1965, setting Los Angeles records with 39 hits, as well as times at bat (130), runs (18), homers (7 — a total he also reached in 1958 to tie him for the franchise record with Don Newcombe) and runs batted in (19). With all that hitting he still had time to record a 23-12 won-lost mark with a 2.72 earned run average and seven shutouts. Los Angeles ‘Old Sluggers'
(Minimum 30 at bats)
Year                    ab- h   ave
1958—Fred Kipp          36- 9  .250
1959—Johnny Podres      65-16  .246
1960—Larry Sherry       37- 6  .162
1961—Johnny Podres      69-16  .232
1962—Joe Moeller        33- 7  .212
1963—Don Drysdale       96-16  .167
1964—Don Drysdale      110-19  .173
1965—Don Drysdale      130-39  .300
1966—Claude Osteen      76-16  .211
1967—Claude Osteen     101-18  .178
1968—Claude Osteen      84-15  .179
1969—Claude Osteen     111-24  .216
1970—Claude Osteen      93-19  .204
1971—Doyle Alexander    33- 9  .273
1972—Claude Osteen      88-24  .273
1973—Tommy John         74-15  .203
1974—Andy Messersmith   96-23  .240
1975—Doug Rau           87-17  .195
1976—Rick Rhoden        65-20  .308
1977—Rick Rhoden        78-18  .231
1978—Burt Hooton        67-10  .149
1979—Rick Sutcliffe     85-21  .247
1980—Bob Welch          70-17  .243
1981—F. Valenzuela      64-16  .250
1982—Jerry Reuss        77-17  .221
1983—Jerry Reuss        71-20  .282
1984—Orel Hershiser     50-10  .200
1985—F.  Valenzuela     97-21  .216
1986—Orel Hershiser     71-17  .239
1987—Rick Honeycutt     30- 7  .233
1988—Tim Leary          67-18  .269
1989—F. Valenzuela      66-12  .182
1990—F. Valenzuela      69-21  .304
1991—Orel Hershiser     31- 8  .258
1992—Orel Hershiser     68-15  .221
1993—Orel Hershiser     73-26  .356
1994—Ramon Martinez     66-18  .273
1995—Ramon Martinez     64-11  .172
1996—Ismael Valdes      70-10  .143
1997—Ramon Martinez     42- 8  .190
1998—Darren Dreifort    49-11  .224
1999—Darren Dreifort    62-13  .213
2000—Chan Ho Park       70-15  .214
2001—Luke Prokopec      36- 7  .194
2002—Odalis Perez       64-10  .156         
2003—Wilson Alvarez     29- 5  .172
2004—Jeff Weaver        70-15  .214
2005—Jeff Weaver        70-16  .229

Los Angeles records:
Average—O. Hershiser, 1993 .356
At bats—Don Drysdale, 19651  30
Runs—Don Drysdale, 1965      18
Hits—Don Drysdale, 1965      39
2b hits—A. Messersmith, 1974  8
3b hits—Don Drysdale, 1960    2
       Claude Osteen, 1966    2
HR—Don Drysdale, '58, '65     7
RBI—Don Drysdale, 1965       19

Brooklyn records:
Average—Earl Yingling, 1913 .383
At bats—Bill Kennedy, 1894   161
Runs—Ed Stein, 1894           30
Hits—Bill Kennedy, 1894       49
Doubles—Don Newcombe, 1955     9
Triples—Ed Stein, 1894         4
HR—Don Newcombe, 1955          7
Runs batted in—Ed Stein, 1894 30
L.A. RBI Records
— 19—Drysdale, 1965. 17—Rick Sutcliffe, 1979. 14—Drysdale 1962.

The big four
Orel Hershiser hit .356 in 1993 record and became only the fourth pitcher in Los Angeles history to top the .300 mark. Rick Rhoden held the previous record of .308, set in 1975. Fernando Valenzuela (.304-1990) and Don Drysdale (.300-1965) are the only other Los Angeles pitchers to top the magic .300 mark.

Eleven Brooklyn pitchers have hit over .300, including Don Newcombe twice and Johnny Podres.

Japanese sluggers last to homer
Hideo Nomo and Kaz Ishii were the last Dodger pitchers to homer, smacking a shot each during the 2004 season.

It was Nomo's fourth as a Dodger and he moved into a sixth place tie with Rick Rhoden on the Los Angeles list. It also earned him ninth position on the all-time chart.

Record homers
Don Drysdale slugged 29 home runs in his Brooklyn/Los Angeles career, 26 of them coming after the club moved to California. Don Newcombe hit 11, all with Brooklyn, and Fernando Valenzuela, now a Dodgers broadcaster, hit eight. Nomo and Kevin Brown collected their second career homer in 2002. Andy Ashby, Omar Daal and Odalis Perez struck their first. Records:
    Pitcher career home runs—
   Los Angeles          All-Time
 26—Don Drysdale      29—Don Drysdale
  8—F Valenzuela      11—Don Newcombe
  6—Darren Dreifort    8—F. Valenzuela
  5—Claude Osteen      6—Dazzy Vance
  5—Stan Williams      5—Leon Cadore
  4—Hideo Nomo         5—Darren Dreifort
  4—Rick Rhoden        5—Claude Osteen
  3—Burt Hooton        5—Stan Williams  
  4—Hideo Nomo         4—Curt Davis
  3—Larry Sherry       4—Jim Elliott
                       4—Hideo Nomo  
                       4—Rick Rhoden
                       4—Dutch Ruether
                       4—Ben Wade 
                       4—Whitlow Wyatt
  
Los Angeles— Two each—Kevin Brown, Kevin Gross Sandy Koufax, Chan Ho Park, Johnny Podres, Bobby Welch.
One each—Andy Ashby, Tim Belcher, Omar Daal, Eric Gagné, Jim Grant, Charlie Hough, Tommy John, Ramon Martinez, Andy Messersmith, Guillermo Mota, Bob Ojeda, Alejandro Peña, Carlos Perez, Odalis Perez, Jerry Reuss, Rick Sutcliffe, Ismael Valdes, John Wetteland.

Brooklyn— Three each— Bill Donovan, Clem Labine.
Two each—Frank Allen, Ralph Branca, Leo Dickerman, Clise Dudley, Burleigh Grimes, Ad Gumbert, William Hart, Jim Hughes, Frank Kitson, Ed Roebuck, Sherry Smith, Ed Stein, Adonis Terry, Hollis Thurston.
One each—Dan Bankhead, Max Butcher, Bob Caruthers, Watty Clark, Bill Doak, Rube Earhardt, Carl Erskine, Fred Fitzsimmons, Hal Gregg, George Haddock, Luke Hamlin, Fred Heimach, Kirby Higbe, Harry Howell, Bill Kennedy, Tom Lovett, Al Mamaux, Harry McIntire, Erv Palica, Ray Phelps, Preacher Roe, Nap Rucker, Henry Schmidt, Johnny Schmitz, George Sharrott and Les Webber.

Single Season homers
Darren Dreifort was the last entry on the single-season list when he hit his third homer in 2000. Don Newcombe (1955) and Don Drysdale (1958 & 1965) lead the single-season list with seven. Drysdale also hit five in 1961 and four in 1959. The complete list:
7—Don Newcombe, 1955
7—Don Drysdale1958
7—Don Drysdale1965
5—Don Drysdale1961
4—Don Drysdale1959
3—Dazzy Vance,1925; Jim Elliott, 1928; Whit Wyatt, 1941; Ben Wade, 1952; Clem Labine, 1955; Rick Rhoden,1977; Fernando Valenzuela, 1984; Darren Dreifort, 2000.

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