He dazzled in the national spotlight when he set a World Series single-game record with 15 strikeouts in 1963, and again when he threw a perfect game to wrap up a record fourth no-hitter in 1965. [107], On May 27, 2010, Koufax was included among a group of prominent Jewish Americans at the first White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. With his third no-hitter in three years, Koufax became only the second pitcher of the modern era (after Bob Feller) to pitch three no-hitters. Koufax was the final player chosen in the inaugural Israel Baseball League draft in April 2007. At the time, school sports were not available because New York's teachers were refusing to supervise extracurricular activities without monetary compensation. His election made him the Hall's youngest member ever elected, five months younger than Lou Gehrig upon his election in 1939, though because the 1972 induction ceremony was nearly eight months after the election, Koufax's age at induction was slightly older than Gehrig's, making Gehrig the youngest player ever inducted. Koufax married Anne Widmark, daughter of movie star Richard Widmark, in 1969; the couple divorced in 1982. Jack Braun, father of Sandy Koufax, and his wife, Madaline, and their daughter, Marie, 20-who is Sandy Koufax's half sister. After the last game of the season, he threw his gloves and spikes into the trash. "[24] The Dodgers signed Koufax for a $6,000 ($57,000 today) salary, with a $14,000 ($133,000 today) signing bonus. With the Series tied at 2–2, Koufax pitched a complete game shutout in Game 5 for a 3–2 Dodgers lead as the Series returned to Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium for Game 6. Koufax worked with the pitchers during spring training and will consult during the season. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! He was 36 years old at the time of his inclusion. The advice worked, as Koufax struck out the side, going on to pitch seven no-hit innings. Sandy Koufax is a retired American baseball player. However, his position on the team did not improve, and neither did his performance. On September 9, 1965, Koufax became the sixth pitcher of the modern era, and eighth overall, to throw a perfect game, the first by a left-hander since 1880. Koufax became the youngest player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, and has since served as a pitching instructor for his former team. His performance did not match his full potential. Sandy was told that he would be playing in no less than seven innings. This decision garnered national attention as an example of conflict between professional pressures and personal religious beliefs. However, this could not deter the sportsman in him. A vascular specialist determined that Koufax had a crushed artery in his palm. He won three Cy Young Awards in 1963, 1965, and 1966, by unanimous votes, making him the first three-time Cy Young winner in baseball history and the only one to win three times when one overall award was given for all of Major League Baseball instead of one award for each league. Meanwhile, the Dodgers waged a public relations battle against them. Koufax pitched two perfect relief innings in the Series opener, though they came after the Dodgers were already behind 11–0. He also won the ‘Cy Young Award’ in the years 1963, 1965, and 1966, which made him the first player to be awarded with the honor thrice in his career. [36], Over the next three seasons, Koufax was in and out of the Dodger starting rotation due to injuries. The hard-throwing left-hander was the most dominant pitcher in baseball until elbow arthritis forced an early retirement at age 30. In 1967, Koufax signed a 10-year contract with NBC for US$1 million (equivalent to $7.7 million in 2019) to be a broadcaster on the Saturday Game of the Week. Some experts stated that since the ‘Dodgers’ had mostly benched him, Sandy was perhaps affected by it and thus, experienced bouts of low self-confidence. He ended up pitching 323 innings, a 27–9 record, and a 1.73 earned run average. From 1962 to 1966, he recorded 111 wins against only 34 losses, led the National League in ERA five times, set a single-season record with 382 strikeouts, and won three Cy Young Awards and one Most Valuable Player trophy. Koufax used the signing amount to pay for his university education and readied himself to play in the major leagues. The family then moved to Long Island, and shortly after that, they moved back to Brooklyn. Somehow, the 1959 season came as a whiff of fresh air, with Sandy surpassing his career-high score, with 18 strikeouts in a single match on August 31 that year. They rejoined the team in the last week of spring training. Drysdale was to play a TV commentator and Koufax a detective. Facing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Koufax struck out 13 while pitching his first complete game in almost two years. Before tenth grade, Koufax's family moved back to the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. The Dodgers fought back in Games 3 and 4, with wins by Claude Osteen and Drysdale. [20] During his Pirates tryout, Koufax's fastball broke the thumb of Sam Narron, the team's bullpen coach. [41], A day later, Koufax was pitching for the "B team" in Orlando. He pitched well enough—Baltimore first baseman Boog Powell told Koufax's biographer, Jane Leavy, "He might have been hurtin' but he was bringin'"—but three errors by Dodger center fielder Willie Davis in the fifth inning produced three unearned runs. While Seaver ended his career with an overall career earned run average of 2.86, this included three seasons in the American League. While baseball was something he ardently loved, Sandy was more inclined toward basketball during his days in ‘Lafayette High School’ in Brooklyn. [34] He saw little work, pitching only 58.7 innings with a 4.91 earned run average, 29 walks and 30 strikeouts. Robinson saw that Koufax was talented and had flashes of brilliance, and objected to Koufax being benched for weeks at a time. [50], The night before the National League playoffs began, Manager Walter Alston asked Koufax if he could start the first game the next day. Allen, who was thrown out trying to steal second, was the only Phillie to reach base that day. … "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); Subscribe to the Biography newsletter to receive stories about the people who shaped our world and the stories that shaped their lives. President Obama continued: "He can't pitch on Yom Kippur. Koufax's postseason record is impressive: a 4–3 won-lost record with a 0.95 earned run average, in four World Series. [32], During the fall, he enrolled in the Columbia University School of General Studies, which offered night classes in architecture. Years later he recalled, "That winter was when I really started working out. In the final game of the regular season, the Dodgers had to beat the Phillies to win the pennant. To get himself through the games he pitched in, Koufax resorted to Empirin with codeine for the pain, which he took every night and sometimes during the fifth inning. Despite giving up on his curveball early in the game after failing to throw strikes with it in the first two innings and pitching the rest of the game relying almost entirely on fastballs, Koufax threw a three-hit shutout to clinch the Series. [94] It not only appeared to move very late but also might move two or three distinct times. On April 18, he struck out three batters on nine pitches in the third inning of a 3–0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the only National League pitcher to have two nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-innings. Koufax held batters to 5.79 hits per nine innings, and allowed the fewest base runners per 9 innings in any season ever: 7.83, breaking his own record (set two years earlier) of 7.96.

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