Sandy Koufax

He has been called “The Left Arm of God.” Sandy Koufax debuted at the age of 19 with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, and although he struggled with his control for a few years he showed tremendous promise and flashes of brilliance. In 1959, he set a (then) NL record of 18 strikeouts in a game against the Cubs. But, when things finally came together for him he became one of the most dominant pitchers the game had ever seen. With a blazing fastball and a devastating curveball he became one of the most prolific pitchers in history. He would go on to lead the National League in strikeouts 4 times (including 300 or better 3 times, and his 382 K’s in 1965 is still a record for left-handers), in ERA 5 consecutive seasons, and win 3 Cy Young Awards during a time when only one was awarded throughout all of baseball (1963, ‘65 & ’66), while winning the major leagues’ Pitching Triple Crown in each of those seasons. He was also the first to win the award unanimously. In 1963, he pitched 11 shutouts (still the record for left-handers), and was awarded the National League MVP Award. He excelled in World Series’ play, posting a 0.95 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 8 series’ games. In 1965, he set a (then) World Series record by striking out 15 Yankees in Game 1. He was awarded the World Series MVP in 1963 & 1965. During his tremendous career he posted a 165-87 record, struck out 2,396 batters (7th all-time at the time of his retirement), pitched 137 complete games, threw 40 shutouts, won 20 or more games 3 times, was a 6 time NL All-Star, and threw 4 no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1965. After winning 27 games, along with his 3rd Cy Young Award in 1966, he was forced to retire at the age of 30 due to an arthritic elbow. In 1972, at the age of 36, he was the youngest player ever elected to Cooperstown, and his #32 was retired by the Dodgers.

-Tony Milito

One thought on “Sandy Koufax

  1. Mateus

    This one is from 1962, making it a year older than your inpeitrd blogger, and it’s for my one of heroes, my second-favorite left-hander ever (after Sandy Koufax).

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