Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Birthdate 9/16/1958
Death Date
Debut Year 1983
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Giants, Indians
Positions Announcer, Pitcher, Pitching Coach

In 1988 Orel Hershiser set the mark for consecutive scoreless innings, was the Cy Young winner & the MVP of both the NLCS and World Series.

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In his rookie year Orel Hershiser tied for the NL lead in shutouts

In his rookie year Orel Hershiser tied for the NL lead in shutouts

A 17th-round pick of the Dodgers in 1979, Orel Hershiser enjoyed a 22-year professional baseball career. The right-hander made his big league debut as a September call up in 1983. He pitched in eight games that season. The following year Hershiser was in the majors to stay. The 6’3″ hurl
Dodger fans remember when Hershiser was the Master of the House in 1988

Dodger fans remember when Hershiser was the Master of the House in 1988

The Dodgers remain one of the few big league teams to have a live organist at every game. The longest-running Dodger organist was Nancy Bea Hefley who tickled the ivories for the Dodgers from 1988 through 2015. A statuesque classy figure, Hefley searched for
Tommy Lasorda recalls Hershiser's magical '88 campaign

Tommy Lasorda recalls Hershiser's magical '88 campaign

In the collection is this letter written by Dodger Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda on his 75th birthday. The Dodger skipper writes of Hershiser’s greatness. “When we won the World Series in 1988, it was a great year. Nobody believed we could do it, but we did. Orel Hershiser won 23 ga
Don Drysdale held the record for consecutive scoreless innings before Hershiser topped it

Don Drysdale held the record for consecutive scoreless innings before Hershiser topped it

Don Drysdale retired as a player the year after breaking Walter Johnson’s record for consecutive scoreless innings. He immediately went into the broadcast booth, working for four teams before returning to the Dodgers in 1988. In his first season as their color man, Orel Hershiser topped Drysdale
Sports Illustrated named Hershiser their Sportsman of the Year in 1988; is he a candidate for the Hall?

Sports Illustrated named Hershiser their Sportsman of the Year in 1988; is he a candidate for the Hall?

Shown here is the 1988 Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” issue. Hershiser graces on the cover and has neatly signed his name on the white portion of the cover. The Dodgers and the pitcher had a storybook season. The righty led the way on the hill, capturing the Cy Young Award as

Stories about Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser needed persuading to break Don Drysdale’s consecutive scoreless inning streak in 1988

June 8th, 2022 Leave a comment

Orel Hershiser

Records are meant to be broken. Or are they? In 1988 Orel Hershiser wasn’t so sure. Given the chance to break Major League Baseball’s record for consecutive scoreless innings, he almost opted out. One Cooperstown man betters another A hurler’s job is to keep his opponents from scoring. Moundsmen take great pride in putting up zeroes. One of baseball’s greatest run-preventers, Walter Johnson set the big league record by not allowing a man to cross the plate in 55 2/3 consecutive innings in 1913. The 417-game winner held the mark for the rest of his life. More than a half-century later, along came the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale. An intimidating presence on the hill, the 6’5″ right hander believed that pitchers owned the inside half of the plate. Big D finished first or second in batters hit in 12 of his 14 seasons. In 1968 he surpassed the Big Train, extending the consecutive scoreless innings record by three frames. Twenty years later Drysdale entered his first year as the Dodger color man. That season he witnessed Hershiser’s epic run. Hershiser faces a difficult decision Nicknamed “Bulldog” by skipper Tommy Lasorda, Hershiser had great respect for Drysdale, the franchise’s pitching-rich history, and […]

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Drysdale’s scoreless streak in ’68 ended in an unlikely way

April 25th, 2022 Leave a comment

Don Drysdale

Baseball shines the light on the fringe player like no other sport Every sport celebrates its stars. More than any other pastime, baseball provides opportunities for fringe players to become part of the game’s fabric. Howie Bedell is one such man. In his 67-game big league playing career, Bedell had three runs batted in, the last of which links him to one of the most memorable streaks in the history of the game. The story begins with the 1913 performance of perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson. One of five in Cooperstown’s inaugural class, Johnson threw 55 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings that year. The majestic run set a record that Johnson held for the rest of his life. Fifty-five years later another Hall of Fame hurler began a streak of his own. On May 14th, 1968 Dodger hurler Don Drysdale beat Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins with a 2-hit blanking of the Chicago Cubs. Four days later he twirled a 5-hit shutout against the Astros. The Dodgers then headed to St. Louis where Drysdale bested Cooperstown’s Bob Gibson 2-0 on May 22nd. His next start came at the Astrodome against the Houston team he shut out eight […]

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Orel Hershiser’s Cy Young Season had its own Soundtrack

June 26th, 2015 Leave a comment

Orel Hershiser

Music has a way of making memories come to life. All it takes for a return to childhood is to hear the lullabies mom sang, or the songs of our youth on the radio. Baseball has its own soundtrack. Take Me Out to the Ball Game brings smiles to the faces of baseball fans no matter where it’s heard. For Dodger faithful, there’s a song that evokes images of Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser and the team’s last championship in 1988. Master of the House, a song from the musical Les Miserables, was played each time Hershiser warmed up before home games. Fans at the stadium soon associated the song with Hershiser’s goosebumps-producing performances that featured a Major League record 59 consecutive scoreless innings, and a World Series championship. So how did the tune become Hershiser’s own private song? Turning back the clock to ‘88, we find Nancy Bea Hefley, then in her first year as organist at Dodger Stadium. A poised, classy figure, Hefley fondly recalls watching Les Mis at the Shubert Theater, hearing Master of the House for the first time early in the 1988 season. “Even though it was a rowdy number, I thought it was catchy,” Hefley said. But it wasn’t Hershiser she had in mind when she decided […]

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2 responses to “Orel Hershiser”

  1. Frank Martinez says:

    Orel Hershiser belongs in the Hall of Fame!

  2. Robert Criss says:

    Orel Hershiser should have been in the HOF many years ago.

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