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Happy 80th birthday to Sandy Koufax

December 30, 2015
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Sandy and Andy B, oh, just a few years ago

What can I say, the upcoming baseball season will be the 50th since the great pitcher and modest beyond words, man Sandy Koufax was forced to retire at the peak of his career due to an arthritic elbow.

Sandy turns 80 years old today.

Where has the time gone?

The memories are clear and so are the statistics.

One memory is Sandy throwing nothing but fastballs for most of the 7th game of the 1965 World Series an eventual (2-0) triumph for Sandy and the Dodgers.

Three seasons with 25 or more wins and three seasons with 300 or more strikeouts, the latter having never been accomplished at that point in time. In 1965 his 382 strikeouts, later eclipsed by Nolan Ryan’s 383 in 1973, broke records held by either Rube Waddell in 1904 or Bob Feller in 1948.

Happy birthday, Sandy.

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Sandy Koufax pictured above after hurling his 4th no hit game, one in each season (1962-1965). The 4th no hitter was a perfect game by Sandy and a brilliantly pitched one hit loss by mound opponent, Bob Hendley of the Chicago Cubs. The lone run of the game was scored in an inning which the Dodgers did not get a hit.

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