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August 31, 1959: Sandy Koufax and 18 strikeouts!

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Sandy Koufax was a very talented young pitcher who threw hard but walked too many batters.     In 1959, Koufax broke through with 18 Ks and set the National League record for a game.   It was the beginning of an amazing stretch:    

From 1962 to 1966, Koufax executed what are arguably the five greatest seasons by a pitcher in baseball history.

Newfound control limited his walks from 4.8 per game to just 2.1.

He threw no-hitters in 1962, 1963 and 1964, and led the Dodgers to World Series wins in 1963 and 1965 and the National League pennant in 1966.

He won four World Series games, with a .95 earned run average and 61 strikeouts for his postseason career.

Koufax won three Cy Young Awards (1963, 1965 and 1966), all of them unanimous. In 1965 he struck out 382 men, breaking Rube Waddell’s 1904 record of 350 by 32.

According to longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, Koufax was so well-regarded that he would often receive a standing ovation from fans while just warming up for a game.

Sandy Koufax retired after the 1966 season at just 30 years old because of arthritis in his elbow. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Koufax, along with team mate Don Drysdale, were one of the best 1-2 punch in major league history.

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Written by scantojr

August 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

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