John Joseph “Johnny” Podres (1932-2008) won ten or more games in eight of his 15 years in the Majors, but is best known for his heroics in the 1955 World Series when, as a 23-year old, he beat the Yankees 8-3 in Game 3 and shut them out 2-0 in Game 7 to help the Brooklyn Dodgers capture their first ever World Series title. He was named the first-ever World Series MVP in 1955 for his stellar performance. Johnny began his career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1953-1955, 1957/1958-1966), spent 1956 in the United States Navy, played two seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1966-1967) and finished his career with the San Diego Padres (1969). Podres led the National League in ERA (2.66) and shutouts (6) in 1957 and in winning percentage in 1961 (.783) with an 18-5 record. He helped the Dodgers win four World Series titles (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965) and earned three All-Star Game appearances. Johnny was especially clutch in the playoffs posting a 4-1 record with 18 Ks, two complete games, one shutout and a 2.11 ERA in six contests. Johnny Podres ended his career after the 1969 season having gone 148-116 with 77 complete games, 24 shutouts, 11 saves, 1,435 strikeouts and a 3.68 career ERA in 440 games and 340 starts.