We say happy # 81 to the great Sandy Koufax.
Some of us are old enough to remember Sandy Koufax. I saw him on TV and specially rushing home from school to watch Koufax break my heart and shut out the Twins in game 7 of the '65 series.
Thanks to the new technology, we've had a chance to revisit many Koufax games that we don't remember or never got to watch. Frankly, I have never seen a more dominating performance than Koufax's shutout of the NY Yankees in the '63 series. It rivals Bob Gibson's 17 K's against the Tigers in the '68 series. (I remember running home to watch that Gibson classic too!)
Are we getting older or what? Believe it or not, Sandy Koufax made his pitching debut over 51 years go when he pitched two innings of relief in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Braves on June 24, 1955.Koufax retired after the '66 season at age 31 with 165 wins, 40 shuouts and a 2.76 ERA.
Koufax had the most dominant 6 seasons in modern history. From '61 to '66, Koufax went 129-47, with 1,713 strikeouts, 35 shutouts and a 2.19 ERA.
His principles did not allow him to pitch on Jewish Holy days. He did not pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series due to Yom Kippur.
Well done Sandy Koufax. You were great! Thanks for the memories. I forgive you for breaking my heart one afternoon in October 1965!
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