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Port Henry sign to honor World Series MVP

Johnny Podres to be remembered June 9

A sign will be unveiled June 9 at the south entrance to Port Henry honoring Johnny Podres, the 1955 World Series Most Valuable Player and native son.

A sign will be unveiled June 9 at the south entrance to Port Henry honoring Johnny Podres, the 1955 World Series Most Valuable Player and native son.

— As the story goes, Podres told his teammates to get him just one run and the Dodgers would win Game 7. They got him two, and the franchise celebrated its first and only championship while playing in Brooklyn.

The celebration in Brooklyn following the World Series victory was said to be greater than at the end of World War II. Moriah celebrated, too. Shortly after winning the World Series, Podres returned home for a huge parade and celebration.

Podres pitched 15 years in the major leagues with the Dodgers, Padres and Tigers, posting a 148-116 record with 3.67 earned run average. The southpaw appeared in three All-Star Games and was 4-1 in World Series play (1953, 1955, 1959 and 1963) with a 2.11 ERA.

Podres also served as a pitching coach when he was older, helping develop Frank Viola when he was with the Minnesota Twins and Cy Young winner and three-time World Series champion Curt Schilling when he was on the Philadelphia Phillies staff.

In 2005 Podres was grand marshall of the Moriah Labor Day parade as the community celebrated the 50th anniversary of him being named World Series MVP.

Podres was in the news earlier this season when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Aaron Harang broke his club record for consecutive strikeouts by whiffing nine San Diego Padres in a row. Podres set that record with eight straight Ks July 2, 1962, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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