It was no thanks to Larry Jaster that the Dodgers made a second consecutive trip to the World Series in 1966.
The rookie left-hander from the St. Louis Cardinals pitched five shutouts in 1966 — all, remarkably, against the National League champions.
So rare was the feat — shutting out an opponent five times in one season — that it hadn't been done in 50 years and has not been duplicated in nearly 50 years since.
"The longer it went on," Jaster says, "the more they were pressured to stop it, which worked in my favor. They were pressing, and I kind of rolled along, thinking there was nothing to it."
Granted, the Sandy Koufax-led Dodgers did not...