This Day in Dodger History - May 14, 1968

Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale is masterful against the Chicago Cubs as he registers a shutout in a 1-0 victory to begin his historic streak of 58 consecutive scoreless innings. The man known as "Big D" gives up just two singles while striking out seven and walking three.

He would go on to fire shutouts in his next five starts to establish the major league record that would stand for 20 years before another Dodger, Orel Hershiser, would break it.

Following his shutout against Chicago, Drysdale blanked Houston, St. Louis, Houston a second time, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. He went on to post a 14-12 record and 2.15 ERA, which was the lowest of his 14-year Hall of Fame career. Fittingly, Drysdale was broadcasting the game for the Dodgers on Sept. 28, 1988 in San Diego when Hershiser broke his record consecutive scoreless innings streak. Drysdale, one of the most intimidating and successful right-handers ever to play the game, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

May 14, 1922-- Shortstop Andy High slugged a home run in Cincinnati to help Dutch Ruether beat the Reds 6-1. High's hit to left field bounced off the hard outfield and over the fence, a home run according to the rules of the day.

May 14, 1926-- Rookie first baseman Babe Herman, playing with a fractured rib suffered in a collision at home plate, banged a pair if singles and a pair of doubles, although the last double was rained out and the game reverted back to the previous inning and finished in a 5-5 tie. The Brooklyn Eagle wrote, "The boy who is making Brooklyn forget Jake Fournier had to be content with a 3-for-3 day when is last hit was washed away. Herman is now officially a better fielder than Fournier."

May 14, 1933-- Outfielder Hack Wilson, on the rocky road to drinking himself to death, leaves the Brooklyn dugout and stays in the clubhouse. In the last of the ninth, a search finds him sitting in front of his locker. Coaxed to come back to the dugout and pinch-hit, he slugs a grand slam homer to beat the Phillies 8-6.

May 14, 1949-- Gil Hodges hit a grand slam home run but Pittsburgh won a 7-6 game as Rex Barney took the loss.

May 14, 1955-- Johnny Podres pitched a complete game and boosted his record to 4-1 with a 13-2 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. Duke Snider slugged his 10th home run and Carl Furillo hit his ninth, a grand slam.

May 14, 1981-- Fernando Valenzuela fires a three-hitter to defeat the Montreal Expos, 3-2, giving him an 8-0 record and tying him with Boo Ferris of the Boston Red Sox for the best start ever by a rookie hurler.

May 14, 1978-- Dave Kingman of the Cubs smacks three homers and drives in eight runs, lifting Chicago to a 10-7, 15-inning victory at Dodger Stadium. When asked what he thought about Kingman's big day, manager Tommy Lasorda's comments after the game, recorded without his knowledge, become a cult classic.

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