Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baltimore All-Stars

Way back in 1959, Jerry Walker & Billy O'Dell were two of the five Oriole representatives in the All-Star game; Hoyt Wilhelm, Gus Triandos, and Gene Woodling also made the squad. Ah, to have 5 All-Stars...it must be nice.

Jerry still holds the record for being the youngest All-Star game starter in history; he was only 20 when he took the hill for American League squad. Jerry outdueled Don Drysdale over three innings and earned the win. That's pretty impressive stuff right there.

Billy was appearing in his second consecutive (and final) All-Star Game in '59. He earned a hold for pitching an inning of relief, and preserving Walker's win.

The NL lineup that Walker & O'Dell shut down was pretty menacing and featured future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson.

Somehow, I doubt that Ty Wigginton will have the opportunity to dominate tonight's ASG like Walker and O'Dell did in '59, but we can hope that he has the chance to jack a pitch out of the park. Or at least can avoid embarrassing Baltimore. Make us proud Ty!


Dodgerbobble said...

Outdueling Drysdale for three innings is pretty damn impressive.

The Dodgers have four guys in the All-Star Game today. I just pray none of them get hurt.

Ryan, did you get my email about trading bobbleheads?

Orioles Magic said...

Yeah, not too shabby. Anytime you can outpitch someone of that caliber, it's pretty amazing.

I think your guys made it through the game alright. Ty Wigginton made it through ok, but he only played the field for half an inning.

I did get back to you about the bobblehead trade earlier yesterday. I think I saw an email back from you. Thanks for the trade!