Johnny Podres Dead At Age 75
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Posted Jan 14, 2008


Johnny Podres, who served as pitching coach of the '93 Phillies, passed away Sunday at the age of 75. The former Brooklyn Dodger had a long, storied career in baseball.

Among Johnny Podres star students in his "second career" as a pitching coach are Frank Viola and Curt Schilling. Both pitchers have said that Podres was instrumental in their development. The former Twins and Phillies pitching coach passed away Sunday at age 75. The cause of death was not immediately released.

Podres was the Phillies pitching coach from 1991-1996 and then served as a part-time pitching instructor coming to camp and occasionally making stops in minor league cities to work with young pitchers. He was in camp last March to work with minor league pitchers at the Minor League Complex in Clearwater. As pitching coach of the 1993 National League Championship club, Podres was credited with helping to shape the pitching staff.

In his playing days, Podres was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers and was named MVP of the 1955 World Series, throwing two complete games against the Yankees. He beat the Yankees in Game 7 and supposedly told teammates before the game that all he would need would be one run; the final score was 8-3. Podres never directly confirmed that he made the comment, but in later years, chalked it up to youthful exuberance. Podres pitched 15 seasons for both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, the Detroit Tigers and the San Diego Padres.

He served as pitching coach for both the Minnesota Twins and the Phillies.




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