Koufax then induced Paul Blair to hit an apparently harmless fly ball to center field, which was patrolled by the speedy Willie Davis. "We put some more Capsilon and tried to work it out.".

"He didn't have a chance," says Parker.

The Dodgers were in first, but both the Pirates and Giants were on their heels, and they were exhausted as they headed to Philadelphia to end the regular season and an 11-game road trip.

"I just changed shirts and warmed up again between games," he says. Over the last 26 days of the season, he made seven starts, with six complete games and five victories. So there Koufax stood, with a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth. A microphone picked up an enthralled Scully saying, "This is great. Copyright 1999- Angels? There were 23,215 people in the stands that day. But I think he made the right career choice, don't you?". (Voted by BBWAA on 344/396 ballots) View Sandy Koufax's Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos). The late start didn't seem to affect Koufax at all -- by June 26, he was 14-2 with 14 complete games and a 1.56 ERA.
", That stoicism showed his toughness, but it was also a demonstration of the responsibility he felt for the other guys in the clubhouse.

Who retires from baseball at the age of 30, with a 27-9 record and a 1.73 ERA? "What we didn't know was that Sandy had already decided this would be his last season. Los Angeles outfielders rarely saw fly balls in the sun when playing at spacious Dodgers Stadium.

It got worse for them and their team when the ball hit Willie's glove and fell to the ground, allowing Powell to get to third and Blair to second. He also had four no-hitters, one of them a perfect game in 1965. Fifty years ago, Koufax had a game for the ages, Passan: MLB's most wonderful 2020 playoffs moment? Koufax reached back and fired.

"It was one of the hardest balls I've ever seen hit," Parker says.

Even the normally reserved Koufax had to admit afterward, "It was the biggest ball game of my life.". Retrieved March 3, 2010, from ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2006). "You know, Sandy and I have known each other forever," says the soon-to-be-85-year-old Bunning. If the Giants won, he would pitch. "You could see him wince," says Wine, "but nothing more than that." As thousands of cellphone cameras went off like fireflies, the crowd rose to its feet, and the cheers echoed throughout Chavez Ravine. Meet the losing pitcher in "the greatest game ever pitched," Sandy Koufax's 1965 perfect game against Bob Hendley, who threw a one-hitter and lost. "We didn't want to see anybody but Sandy on the mound," Fairly says. How comprehensive is our All-Star section? ", Suddenly, the score was 6-3, with no outs and White standing on second. There was no room on the plaque for the pain he endured or the selfless devotion he gave to his Dodgers teammates. "He suffered from Raynaud's Syndrome," Scully says. This is the best.". But he couldn't take that chance. Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season Full Name: Sanford Koufax Also wrote for Time, Sports Illustrated, the Fort Lauderdale News and The Evening Sun in Norwich, NY. At the end of that inning, Davis sat at the end of the bench, away from everybody. This was for Sandy Koufax. "It was the biggest ball game of my life," he told Bob Hunter of The Sporting News. The fans -- some of them must have been left over from Brooklyn -- were crazy. Koufax never blamed any single play or player for costing him a game, because that same player got him out of trouble in another game.52. "Picture this," Torborg says. He remained better than anybody else.

I used to ask, 'You all right, big guy?' "He was the best teammate you could ever ask for," says Jeff Torborg, who caught his perfect game in 1965.

New York Times (1923-Current file), 72. Boog Powell scored from third with the only run that Jim Palmer would need.

"I always wanted to finish a win," he says, "and I wanted to finish my career with a win. He also got the Cy Young Award. Koufax and Palmer matched zeros until Baltimore batted in the top of the fifth inning. Koufax would get cortisone shots in his elbow, slather on Capsolin heat ointment to mask the pain, then ice his swollen elbow after every start. Back then, the Cy Young Award was for both leagues, and each time he won, Koufax was a unanimous choice. And he'd say, 'I'll get by, Rosey.'".
No mention of the pride he brought to millions of Jews when he decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it was Yom Kippur. The Leavy book tells a somewhat more dramatic version of the incident. "So now," Koufax says, "if the Giants beat the Pirates on Sunday, we have to win one of those games in the doubleheader.".