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Don Drysdale

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale was elected to the Hall of Fame in his tenth year of eligibility, 1984, with 78.4% of the vote.

The first table below presents Don Drysdale's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Don Drysdale
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1956BRO19
26
5.36.20.462-0.3
0.3
5.46.00.474-0.20.4
1957BRO20
37
14.412.00.5451.6
2.6
13.912.50.5251.12.1
1958LAN21
47
14.514.60.4980.4
1.6
14.614.60.4990.41.6
1959LAN22
46
20.117.90.5281.7
3.3
19.618.40.5161.22.9
1960LAN23
41
18.514.90.5552.3
3.7
18.015.40.5391.83.2
1961LAN24
40
15.016.40.478-0.2
1.1
15.516.00.4920.31.6
1962LAN25
43
19.414.90.5662.9
4.4
18.216.00.5321.73.2
1963LAN26
42
20.020.20.4980.6
2.4
19.320.80.481-0.11.7
1964LAN27
40
18.717.10.5231.5
3.3
19.416.30.5432.24.0
1965LAN28
58
23.017.60.5673.6
5.3
21.219.30.5231.93.6
1966LAN29
46
16.015.40.5090.8
2.2
16.115.20.5151.02.3
1967LAN30
38
15.717.90.466-0.6
0.8
16.716.90.4970.51.9
1968LAN31
31
16.014.80.5201.1
2.3
15.814.90.5151.02.2
1969LAN32
12
3.34.80.410-0.6
-0.2
3.54.70.426-0.5-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
547
219.9204.60.51814.8
33.1
217.4207.10.51212.330.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
8
2.93.40.460 0.12.73.30.453 0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
555
222.9208.00.518
33.3
220.1210.40.512 30.6


Don Drysdale was the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers immediately before and immediately after Sandy Koufax's insanely great peak seasons. Drysdale pitched regularly for 12 seasons, from 1957 (his age-20 season) through 1968, when Drysdale set major-league records with six consecutive shutouts and 58.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

The next two tables show the top 10 players and top 5 pitchers over these 12 seasons, 1957 - 1968, as measured by (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over replacement level (eWORL).

eWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Willie Mays293.6217.130.1
50.6
2Hank Aaron298.3222.427.0
47.8
3Mickey Mantle221.7150.428.6
43.7
4Frank Robinson262.6198.820.9
39.4
5Eddie Mathews215.3167.820.2
35.6
6Al Kaline233.7179.918.0
34.7
7Ernie Banks230.4194.014.4
31.5
8Harmon Killebrew193.7145.016.8
30.4
9Don Drysdale208.5196.512.9
30.2
10Rocky Colavito242.2199.312.4
30.1


eWins over Replacement Level
Top 5 Pitchers
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Don Drysdale208.5196.512.9
30.2
2Larry Jackson189.7175.313.1
29.0
3Jim Bunning193.1182.611.1
27.2
4Juan Marichal146.2125.515.3
26.9
5Bob Gibson148.5128.614.7
26.9


By this measure, Don Drysdale was the best pitcher in baseball over this 12-year stretch. That'll make a nice Hall-of-Fame case.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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