Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers:
"Sandy Koufax simply the greatest"- Their have been many great Pitchers over the years in Major League Baseball, but Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers is perhaps the best of the bunch, due to his unique style and physical gifts, he was a left-handed power pitcher which is the most coveted and rarest commodity in all of baseball.....Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers played from 1955 to 1966 compiling a 165-87 record with a career ERA of 2.76, with 2,396 strikeouts,137 complete games, and 40 career shutouts to his credit, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, his awards include NL MVP(1963), NL Cy Young award winner in '63 '65 and '66, and World Series MVP in 1963 and 1965.....From 1961 to the end of his career Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers was so overwhelming and dominate that he was able to win 25 or more games 3 times in that period, while posting and ERA under 2 on three separate occassions, and blowing away more than 300 batters three times including an astonishing 382 in 1965.....It became very evident to me,after reviewing film and closely looking at statistics, as im a student of the game that Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers was simply the greatest Pitcher to ever grace the mound, his strikeouts to walks ratio is an unreal 3 to 1, especially considering Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers was a power-pitcher, in his last four seasons Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers made 150 starts and posted 89 complete games, with 31 shutouts....In four career World Series Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers posted an incredible 0.95 ERA, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to three World Titles, his blazing fastball and devastating curveball made him virtually unhittable most times, which made him the most dominating Pitcher of all time, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers recorded the lowest ERA in baseball his last five seasons, to illustrate Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers greatness all we need to do is read a quote
from fellow Hall of Famer C Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees as he stated in 1963 that "I can see how he won 25 games, what i dont understand is how he lost five".....Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers received 344 out of a possible 396 votes for an 86.87% for the Hall of Fame, what is puzzling to me is that how anyone could have a valid argument for not voting for Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as time goes by we tend to forget how great a player such as Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers was, but this writer certainly hasnt and never will, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the greatest their ever has been from 60 feet 6 inches....
The 1963 World Series Most Valuable Player Award went to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Sandy Koufax, who drove an Avanti. After Sandy Koufax tamed his blazing fastball, Sandy Koufax enjoyed a five-year stretch as perhaps the most dominating pitcher in the game's history. Sandy Koufax won 25 games three times, captured five straight ERA titles, and set a new standard with 382 strikeouts in 1965. Sandy Koufax fastball and devastating curve enabled him to pitch no-hitters in four consecutive seasons, culminating with a perfect game in 1965
Sandy Koufax made the cover of Life Magazine on August 2, 1963 when the excitement over the Avanti was at its pinnacle. The cover text reads: "Dodgers' Sandy Koufax. The mostest pitcher - most wins, most shutouts, most strike-outs." Primary Position: Pitcher Bats: R Throws: L Primary Uniform #: 32. Played For: Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1955-1966). Primary Team: Los Angeles Dodgers Post-Season: 1959 World Series, 1963 World Series, 1965 World Series, 1966 World Series.
Sandy Koufax was the most dominant pitcher of his time. He played his entire career for the Dodgers'in Brooklyn and Los Angeles' from 1955 to 1966.
Sandy Koufax was the first pitcher in Major League baseball to hurl four no-hit games, including a perfect game in 1965. The left-hander won the Cy Young Award (baseball's highest pitching honor) three times in four years (1963, 1965 and 1966), won the earned run average,(ERA) title five consecutive seasons (from 1962 to 1966), and won 25 or more games three times. He had 11 shutouts in 1963 and tossed 40 career shutouts.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching legend was the Major League strikeout leader four times, including a record 382 strikeouts in 1965. His career strikeouts numbered 2,396, and three times he fanned 300 or more batters in a season.
In 12 Major League seasons, Koufax won a total of 165 games while losing only 87. More remarkably, in Sanford "Sandy" Koufax his five final seasons his win-loss record was 111-34. Over the span of 2,324.1 career innings, Koufax's ERA was a lifetime 2.76.
In his final year, Sandy Koufax was professional baseball's highest-salaried player, as he led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series with a 27-9 record and 1.73 ERA.
Sandy Koufax was signed to a bonus contract (a $14,000 bonus and $6,000 salary) in 1955 by the Brooklyn Dodgers following his freshman year at the University of Cincinnati. But Sandy Koufax never spent a day in the minor leagues. Under the rules of the period, teams signing players to bonus contracts were required to keep their "bonus babies" on their Major League roster for the player's first two big league seasons. Consequently, with the Los Angeles Dodgers immersed in pennant races in 1955 (World Series champions) and 1956 (National League pennant winners), the team could ill afford to allow a rookie many opportunities to develop at the Major League level. So Sandy Koufax saw little action during his first two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossing 42 innings in his rookie season and 59 innings the following year.
A severe arm injury caused Sandy Koufax early retirement following the 1966 season. In 1972, Koufax became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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