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This Day in Dodgers History
June 21st

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1957 In his first major league start, bonus baby Von McDaniel, a recent graduate of Oklahoma's Hollis High School, two-hits the Dodgers at Busch Stadium, 2-0. The 18-year-old keeps Brooklyn hitless until Jim Gilliam's soft line drive spins out second baseman Don Blasingame's glove, followed by Hal Smith's failure handling sacrifice, giving the visitors two tainted infield safeties in the sixth inning.

(Ed. Note: Our thanks to frequent contributor J. Feehan, who attended this game as a youngster with his dad, for sharing his memories of the game. -LP)

1998 The Dodgers, 12.5 games behind the division-leading Padres, release Bill Russell, replacing the 36-38 skipper with Glenn Hoffmann, manager of the organization's Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes. In the front office, Tommy Lasorda assumes the general manager duties of the third-place club from Fred Claire.
2016 🇮🇱 Dean Kremer becomes the first-ever Israeli to sign a contract with a Major League baseball team when he comes to terms with the Dodgers after being selected in the annual amateur draft earlier this month. The 20-year-old right-hander won Europe's Most Valuable Pitcher award in 2014 and 2015 and has hurled for Israel's national baseball team for the past three seasons.
2021 Needing only 197 games, nine-year veteran Yu Darvish overwhelming becomes the fastest pitcher to record 1,500 career strikeouts, easily eclipsing Randy Johnson, who needed nine more starts to reach the milestone. The Padres' right-hander establishes the mark with the 11th and final strikeout of his six innings of work against the Dodgers.

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