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Baseball

Sandy Koufax

Played For
Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1955-1966)

Post-Season
1959 World Series, 1963 World Series, 1965 World Series, 1966 World Series

World Champion?
Yes, 1959, 1963, and 1965 Dodgers.

Honors
All-Star (6): 1961-1966; National League MVP 1963; National League Cy Young Award (3): 1963, 1965, 1966; World Series MVP 1963, 1965; Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972, his first year of eligibility.

Position
Starting pitcher

Major League Debut: June 24, 1955

Feats
Koufax threw four no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1965... August 27, 1955: Dodger bonus baby Koufax fans 14 Redlegs in a 7-0 win, as the two-team total of 23 strikeouts ties a record... June 22, 1959: Koufax fans 16 Phillies, to set a new record for a night game, and wins 6-2... August 31, 1959: Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark and ties Bob Feller's major-league record of 18 strikeouts in a game against the Giants as 82,974 fans watch. He also totals 31 Ks for two consecutive games to set a new ML mark. September 6, 1959: Koufax runs his streak to 41 strikeouts in three games, for another ML record... September 15, 1961: With 10 strikeouts in an 11-2 win against the Braves, Koufax has 243 strikeouts, most ever for a NL lefty... September 27, 1961: Koufax fans seven Phils in the course of a 2-1 win to set a NL record for strikeouts in a season with 269. This surpasses Christy Mathewson's 267 in 1903, which was accomplished in 367 innings pitched, as opposed to Koufax's remarkable 255. April 24, 1962: Koufax ties the modern ML record he shares with Feller by fanning 18 Cubs in nine innings... October 2, 1963: In the World Series opener, Koufax fans the first five Yankee batters he faces en route to a WS record 15... April 18, 1964: Koufax fans the side on nine pitches in the 3rd inning, becoming the first pitcher to do it twice... October 2, 1965: Koufax's 2-1 win against the Braves clinches the NL pennant for the Dodgers. With 13 strikeouts, Koufax ups his modern ML single season record to 382... September 29, 1966: Koufax pitches a four-hitter, beats the Cards 2-1, and becomes the first ML pitcher to achieve a third 300-strikeout season since Amos Rusie in 1890-92.

Uniform #'s
#32 (1955-1966)

Best Season, 1965
The left-hander went 26-8, with a 2.04 ERA, eight shutouts, and 27 complete games. Koufax set a major league record with 382 strikeouts.

Milestones
Some experts have speculated that had Koufax not been forced to retire due to arm ptoblems, he would have topped 300 victories and 4,500 strikeouts.



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