Tourtellotte: The Drysdale and Hershiser streaks in parallel

From SABR member Shane Tourtellote at The Hardball Times on February 26, 2019:

Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser are bound together, and not just for being right-handed starting pitchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They both broke the record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched, a badge of sustained excellence that is the mirror-image of Joe DiMaggio’s fabled hitting streak. Drysdale claimed the record from Walter Johnson; two decades later, Hershiser took it from Drysdale.

This is a dual examination of their streaks. It shows their fundamental differences, their surprising similarities, and the final link that made the passing of the torch perhaps unique in baseball history.

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Originally published: March 4, 2019. Last Updated: March 4, 2019.