Penny Wins Second Old Slugger Title

Brad Penny won his second "Old Slugger Award" in 2007, improving his average nearly .100 points to a very creditable .279. He also scored seven runs and knocked in seven, smacking six doubles in the process.

He had 12 hits in 65 at bats in 2006 for a team-leading .185 mark. He is the 11th Los Angeles pitcher to earn multiple titles. His .279 is the highest batting average for a Dodger pitcher since Orel Hershiser set the record of .356 in 1993.

Penny's average is fifth on the Los Angeles list, trailing Hershiser, Rick Rhoden (.308, 1975), Drysdale (.300, 1965) and Jerry Reuss (.292, 1983). The rest of the top 10 include Doyle Alexander (.273, 1971), Claude Osteen (.273 1971), Ramon Martinez (.273, 1994), Tim Leary (.269, 1988) and Hershiser (/258, 1991).
The Old Slugger Award, presented by LADugout.com, 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, during which Dean 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 bi
Brad Penny	        65 7 16 .279 7
Randy Wolf	        30 1  5 .167 2
Derek Lowe	        59 2  7 .185 1
Chad Billingsley	36 1  4 .135 2

  Non-qualifiers        ab r h ave bi
Eric Stults	        12 1 4 .333 2
David Wells	        15 2 4 .267 0
Hong-chih Kuo	         6 1 1 .125 1
Jason Schmidt	         7 1 1 .143 1
Esteban Loaiza	         7 0 1 .143 2
Mark Hendrickson	27 1 1 .103 1
Brett Tomko	        23 0 0 .000 1
Proctor	                 3 0 0 .000 0
Joe Beimel	         1 0 0 .000 0
Rudy Seanez	         1 0 0 .000 0

  HR- Kuo. 2B hits- Penny 6, Stults and Wolf 2, 
Billingsley, Hendrickson and Wells 1 each. 
Sacrifices- Penny 7; Lowe 6; Tomko 5; Billingsley, 
Wells and Wolf 4; Kuo and Loaiza 2; Hendrickson 
and Schmidt 1 each.
Old Slugger Leader
Claude Osteen, a clutch pitcher who has been overlooked in the glow of the Koufax-Drysdale mystique, holds the record with five Old Slugger awards, four of them in succession (1967-70).

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

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
2007 - Brad Penny	66-16 .279
2006 - Brad Penny 	65-12 .185
2005 - Jeff Weaver	70-16 .229
2004 - Jeff Weaver	70-15 .214
2003 - Wilson Alvarez	29- 5 .172
2002 - Odalis Perez	64-10 .156
2001 - Luke Prokopec	36- 7 .194
2000 - Chan Ho Park	70-15 .214
1999 - Darren Dreifort	62-13 .213
1998 - Darren Dreifort	49-11 .224
1997 - Ramon Martinez	42- 8 .190
1996 - Ismael Valdes	70-10 .143
1995 - Ramon Martinez	64-11 .172
1994 - Ramon Martinez	66-18 .273
1993 - Orel Hershiser	73-26 .356
1992 - Orel Hershiser	68-15 .221
1991 - Orel Hershiser	31- 8 .258
1990 - F. Valenzuela	69-21 .304
1989 - F. Valenzuela	66-12 .182
1988 - Tim Leary	67-18 .269
1987 - Rick Honeycutt	30- 7 .233
1986 - Orel Hershiser	71-17 .239
1985 - F.  Valenzuela	97-21 .216
1984 - Orel Hershiser	50-10 .200
1983 - Jerry Reuss	71-20 .282
1982 - Jerry Reuss 	77-17 .221
1981 - F. Valenzuela	64-16 .250
1980 - Bob Welch	70-17 .243
1979 - Rick Sutcliffe	85-21 .247
1978 - Burt Hooton	67-10 .149
1977 - Rick Rhoden	78-18 .231
1976 - Rick Rhoden	65-20 .308
1975 - Doug Rau	        87-17 .195
1974 - Andy Messersmith	96-23 .240
1973 - Tommy John	74-15 .203
1972 - Claude Osteen	88-24 .273
1971 - Doyle Alexander	33- 9 .273
1970 - Claude Osteen	93-19 .204
1969 - Claude Osteen   111-24 .216
1968 - Claude Osteen	84-15 .179
1967 - Claude Osteen   101-18 .178
1965 - Don Drysdale    130-39 .300
1964 - Don Drysdale    110-19 .173
1963 - Don Drysdale	96-16 .167
1962 - Joe Moeller	33- 7 .212
1961 - Johnny Podres	69-16 .232
1960 - Larry Sherry	37- 6 .162
1959 - Johnny Podres	65-16 .246
1958 - Fred Kipp   	36- 9 .250

  Los Angeles records:
Average - O. Hershiser, 1993 	.356
At bats - Don Drysdale, 1965	 130
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, 1958, 1965	   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, 18944	   9
Doubles - Don Newcombe, 1955	   9
Triples - Ed Stein, 1894	   4
Home runs- -Don Newcombe, 1955	   7
Runs batted in - Ed Stein, 1894	  30 

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