Last summer, we told you that items from the personal collection of Hall of Famer Don Drysdale would be coming to auction. Now, we know a little more about what items from the late pitcher’s career will be offered and when.
Game-worn uniforms and other game-used gear, signed photos, trophies and other career memorabilia were part of the collection that will be sold on consignment by SCP Auctions.
The company had some of them inside a glass display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, just days after picking them up from the late pitcher’s family.
The Drysdale collection encompasses more than 200 lots and will hit the online auction block on Wednesday, April 6.
Drysdale’s most prominent awards and game-worn uniforms will be part of the sale including his 1963 and ’65 World Series championship rings; 1956 National League championship ring; 1962 MLB Cy Young Award; a host of game-worn Dodger uniforms from his playing days in both Brooklyn (1956, rookie season) as well as Los Angeles (1965, ‘66 and ’69); and the actual game-used baseball from the final inning pitched of his then-MLB record streak of throwing 58-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball in 1968.
“We feel honored to have been chosen by the Drysdale family to bring this extraordinary collection to auction,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “Don was among the most accomplished and revered pitchers in Major League Baseball history and his impressive assemblage of awards and accolades speaks volumes as to his winning ways out on the mound.”
A standout baseball player from more than half a century ago, Drysdale was drafted by the then-Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 right out of high school. Within two years, the 6’ 5” right-hander was brought up from the minors and eventually earned a spot in the Dodgers starting rotation at age 20 when he posted a team-high 17 victories in 1957. A nine-time MLB All-Star, Drysdale posted 209 career wins, struck out 2,486 batters and led the N.L. in K’s in three different seasons (1959-60, ’62). He also played a major role in helping the Dodgers reach the World Series five times and winning it all thrice.
A torn rotator cuff forced him to retire during the 1969 season and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. A long time radio broadcaster after his playing days ended, Drysdale died suddenly of a heart attack on July 3, 1993, during a road trip with the Dodgers to Montreal. He was 56 years old.