Friday, June 28, 2013

Sandy Koufax Fires One In, watercolor on Rives BFK 14"x11"


Baseball: Sandy Koufax Fires One In, watercolor on Rives BFK 14"x11" by Kenney Mencher
During his career Koufax struck out 2,396 batters in 2,324 innings; his average of more than one strikeout an inning is a rare accomplishment. In each of three seasons, 1963, 1965, and 1966, he struck out more than 300 hitters; his 382 strikeouts in 1965 set a major-league record that remained unbroken until 1973. Twice he struck out 18 batters in a nine-inning game. From 1962 through 1965 Koufax had the lowest earned run average (ERA) in the NL, winning the NL Most Valuable Player award in 1963 and the NL Cy Young Award in 1963 and 1965. In his last season, 1966, he won 27 games and posted a 1.73 ERA, both figures being the best of his career, and he took home his third Cy Young Award. On Sept. 9, 1965, he pitched his fourth no-hit game, then (and until 1981) a major-league record; the fourth no-hitter, against the Chicago Cubs, was also a perfect game (no player reached first base). After his playing career ended, Koufax worked as a television broadcaster and as a minor league pitching coach and adviser for the Dodgers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first year that he was eligible. Back to TopTo cite this page: * MLA Style: "Koufax, Sandy." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. * APA Style: Koufax, Sandy. (2011). Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.