Neyer: When Jim Bouton couldn’t quite match Don Drysdale’s zeroes

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation on October 5, 2013:

These days, when we talk about October baseball, we mean all of October.

But it wasn’t always this way. Before 1969, October baseball really meant early October baseball. Today, four American League teams will play just the second game of their first postseason series. But 50 years ago today, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers met in Dodger Stadium for the third game of the ’63 World Series.

Jim Bouton started that game for the Yankees, and his memories remain clear and sharp.

Bouton had joined the Yankees in 1962, and pitched well in ’62 as a swing-man. Would he pitch in the ’62 World Series, though?

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Originally published: October 7, 2013. Last Updated: October 7, 2013.