|By holding his opponents scoreless in the final month of the 1988 season, Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers finished with 59 consecutive scoreless innings to break Don Drysdale's 20-year-old record. Hershiser was the National League's Cy Young Award winner. |
He carried his record setting ways into the NL's Championship Series, by compiling a 1.09 ERA in a record setting high of 24 2/3 innings. Hershiser started Games 1 and 3, saved Game 4 and shutout the Mets in Game 7 to bring the Dodgers the NL pennant and was voted the Series MVP.
In the World Series against the powerful Oakland A's, Hershiser was truly awesome. Facing the 'Bash Brothers' - Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, Dave Henderson, Carney Lansford and Dave Parker, this Dodgers' wonder-boy kept throwing the baseball past the mighty A's and turned them to hitless wonders. Hershiser shut them out in 16 of the 18 World Series innings he pitched. He limited the A's to just seven hits, all singles. He even out-hit them, going 3-for-3, 1.000, which gave him as many hits as Dave Parker and Carney Lansford had, and more than Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco had combined. And all those sluggers played in three more games than Hershiser. The A's as a team batted only .177 in the series.
Orel Hershiser was voted the 1988 World Series Most Valuable Player in leading the Dodgers to their World Title. Baseballhistorian.com