Saturday, January 11, 2014

Al Downing

Al Downing

Al Downing, born in Trenton, NJ, attended Monuments, Cadwalader, Junior #1 and Trenton Central High School. HE was President for each of three years at TCHS. He lettered in basketball and baseball and was Vice-Resident t of the Forum Club. He attended Muhlenberg College.

Signed with the New York Yankees in1961, he made the major league roster by July of that season. In his first full major league season, 1963, Downing went 13-5 with a 2.56 earned run average for a Yankee team that went 104-57.

Downing was 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA and made the All-Star team in 1967.
He was traded to the Oakland Athletics in 1970; in 1771, the LA Dodgers. Winner of 20-games, he earned NL Comeback Player of the Year honors as well as finishing third in NL Cy Young award1971.
Altogether Al Downing –played 17-years in the Major Leagues.

Downing served as a color analyst on Dodgers cable-TV broadcasts from 1984-87 and on Dodgers radio in 2005. He also broadcast for CBS Radio in the 1990’s, and the Atlanta Braves in 2000. As of 2006, he remains on the Dodgers Speaker's Bureau.

He is an honoree in the Trenton, Mercer County and New Jersey Hall of Fame.

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