» May 5, 1904: Boston Pilgrim Cy Young pitches the 2nd of three no-hitters, a 3-0 perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics and Rube Waddell. After Waddell flied out for the final out, Young yells at him, "How do you like that, you hayseed!" For Waddell it is one of his 18 losses this year, the most of his career, against 25 wins. He will strike out 349, a record until Sandy Koufax fans 382 in 1965. Today, he strikes out six while allowing 10 hits. Young stretches his hitless inning skein to 18.
» August 27, 1955:
Dodger bonus baby Sandy Koufax fans 14 Redlegs in a 7-0 win, as the 2-team total of 23 strikeouts ties a record.
» May 30, 1958: Cubs Walt Moryn hits three home runs in the 2nd game at Wrigley Field as the Cubs sweep the Dodgers 3–2 and 10–8. Moose scores the winning run in the opener and then in game two goes back to back with Ernie Banks in the 4th and Chuck Tanner in the 7th. His 2-run home run in the 9th tags Sandy Koufax with his 1st loss.
» September 21, 1958:
The Cubs 1B Dale Long, a lefty, catches in the 9th inning in a 2–1 loss to the Dodgers. This time he wears a lefty catcher's mitt, not a 1B glove. The Cubs strand 15 runners as Sandy Koufax tops Bob Anderson: each pitch seven innings before relief.
» May 31, 1959: Seven pitchers record 23 strikeouts in the Cards-Dodgers game tying the National League mark. Sandy Koufax is high with nine as Los Angeles wins 5–3.
» June 22, 1959: Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax fans 16 Phillies, to set a new record for a night game, and wins 6–2.
» August 31, 1959: Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's National League mark and ties Bob Feller's major-league record of 18 strikeouts in a game against the Giants as 82,974 fans watch. He also totals 31 Ks for two consecutive games to set a new ML mark. Wally Moon's 3-run, 9th-inning home run wins it 5–2 for the Dodgers.
» September 6, 1959:
Sandy Koufax runs his streak to 41 strikeouts in 3
games, for another new ML record, but loses the doubleheader
» June 10, 1960:
Reds catcher Dutch Dotterer hits a grand slam home run off the Dodgers Sandy Koufax to account for of Cincy's scoring. They win, 4–3. For Dutch, it is one of his five career dingers and his only slam.
» September 3, 1960: A battle of lefthanders features Sandy Koufax of the LA Dodgers against Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants. Felipe Alou's home run gives McCormick a 1–0 win, his 2nd 1–0 win against Los Angeles in 1960.
» August 4, 1961: With a little help from George Altman, the Cubs Bob Anderson outpitches Sandy Koufax, and beats the Dodgers, 4–2. Altman hits two homers off Koufax, the first time anyone has done that off the Dodgers lefty.
» August 15, 1961:
At L.A., the 2nd-place Reds Joey Jay (17-7) gives up three singles and two runs in the first and just three hits after that in subduing the first-place Dodgers, 5–2. Losing pitcher Sandy Koufax (13-8) almost adds another hit but is thrown out at 1B by RF Frank Robinson. Announcer Vin Scully says, "Sandy forgot to run."
» September 15, 1961: With 10 strikeouts in an 11–2 win against the Braves, Sandy Koufax has 243 strikeouts, most ever for a National League lefty.
» September 27, 1961: Sandy Koufax (18-13)fans seven Phils in the course of a 2–1 loss to set a National League record for strikeouts in a season: 269. This surpasses Christy Mathewson's 267 in 1903, which was accomplished in 367 innings pitched, as opposed to Koufax's remarkable 255. Both runs off Sandy are unearned.
» October 1, 1961:
Setting another ML record, the Cubs and Dodgers use 11 pinch hitters in one 9-inning game, seven of which are used by the Cubs. Stan Williams continues his Wrigley dominance, winning 8–2, with nine strikeouts. Williams has 207 K's, 2nd to Sandy Koufax in the National League. He also has three of the Dodgers' 15 hits.
» April 24, 1962: Sandy Koufax ties the modern major-league record he shares with Bob Feller by fanning 18 Cubs in nine innings. The Dodgers win 10–2.
» June 13, 1962: Sandy Koufax smacks his first ML home run, and it comes off another future Hall of Famer, Warren Spahn. It is the winning blow in the 2–1 win at Milwaukee. Sandy will hit one more career round tripper.
» June 30, 1962: With the aid of 13 strikeouts and a Frank Howard home run, Sandy Koufax no-hits Bob Miller and the Mets 5–0 in Los Angeles. Sandy starts off the game by fanning the side on nine pitches in the first inning, the first National League pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches since Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance, in 1924.
» July 8, 1962:
The Dodgers take first place as Don Drysdale saves Sandy Koufax's 13th win 2–0 against San Francisco. Los Angeles will remain in first until the final day of the season.
» July 17, 1962: Sandy Koufax leaves after one inning of a 7–5 loss at Cincinnati. The 14-game winner has a circulatory problem in the index finger and palm of his pitching hand and will be sidelined until late September.
» September 27, 1962:
The Dodgers' hopes for clinching a tie for the pennant are dashed when Sandy Koufax, making his 2nd start since returning to action, lasts just five innings against Houston. Reliever Ron Perranoski is the loser, 8–6.
» October 1, 1962: San Francisco wins the first of the best-of-3 National League playoff games as Billy Pierce takes his 12th straight at Candlestick Park, a three-hit, 8–0 victory. Willie Mays hits two home runs, giving him 49 in 1962, one more than American League leader Harmon Killebrew. Sandy Koufax, making just his 3rd start since returning from his hand injury, is the loser.
» May 11, 1963: Sandy Koufax's comeback from a circulatory ailment in his left index finger continues with a no-hitter against the visiting first place Giants. He walks two and fans four to run his record to 4–1. Wally Moon homers off loser Juan Marichal in the Dodgers' 8–0 victory.
» June 9, 1963:
Ernie Banks bangs solo homers off Sandy Koufax, in the 2nd and the 5th at Wrigley, and the Cubs kayo the ace with six earned runs in five 2/3 innings. But Sandy gets no decision as the Dodgers outslug the Cubs, 11–8. Larry Sherry is the winner over Cubs ace Dick Ellsworth, who has his worst outing of the year.
» August 7, 1963: At Chicago, Sandy Koufax lock horns for the 2nd time this year with Dick Ellsworth, a battle that ends in a 1–1 draw. Koufax is removed with one out in the 10th inning, while Ellsworth is replaced after the 10th. The Dodgers go on to win, 3–1 over the Cubs with neither starter getting a decision.
» September 13, 1963: The Dodgers split in Philadelphia and lead the Cards by two 1/2 games. Chris Short tops Sandy Koufax, 3–2, in the opener, before Ron Perranoski wins the nitecap, 2–1.
» September 17, 1963: Sandy Koufax gets his 11th shutout, a modern ML season record for a lefty. His eight strikeouts give him 306, an National League record, as the Dodgers top the Cards 4–0.
» October 2, 1963: In the World Series Opener, Sandy Koufax fans the first five batters he faces en route to a World Series record 15. John Roseboro's 3-run home run is the difference, as Los Angeles beats the Yankees 5–2 at New York.
» October 6, 1963: Sandy Koufax beats the Yanks again 2–1 for a shocking World Series sweep for the Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only two hits, both by Frank Howard, who crashes a long home run in the 5th to start the LA scoring. The Bronx Bombers bat just .171 and score only four runs, the 2nd lowest total in World Series history.
» October 24, 1963:
Sandy Koufax is the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award.
» October 30, 1963: Sandy Koufax wins again, outpolling Pittsburgh's Dick Groat 237 to 190 for the National League MVP award.
» April 14, 1964:
Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk as he beats St. Louis 4–0 in his only start as an Opening Day pitcher.
» April 18, 1964: Jim Maloney tosses six innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers, before leaving with a pulled muscle. John Tsitouris relieves and pitches hitless ball until two are out in the 9th inning when Frank Howard beats out an infield single. Sandy Koufax fans the side on nine pitches in the 3rd inning, becoming the first National League pitcher to do it twice (and matching Lefty Grove), but Cincinnati wins, 3–0, on Deron Johnson's 3-run homer.
» April 19, 1964: One day after Sandy Koufax fans the side on nine pitches, Bob Bruce strikes out the Cardinals in order on nine pitches in the 8th inning of a Houston loss.
» June 4, 1964: Sandy Koufax becomes the 4th pitcher to hurl three no-hitters by blanking the National League-leading Phillies 3–0 at Connie Mack Stadium. Koufax strikes out 12 and walks one.
» August 16, 1964: Sandy Koufax (19-5) pitches a 3–0 win against St. Louis, but he will miss the rest of the season because of a elbow injury suffered when he slid back into 2B against Milwaukee on August 8. In the nightcap, Curt Simmons matches Koufax with a 4–0 shutout of the Dodgers. Card CF Curt Flood has eight straight hits in the doubleheader split.
» July 28, 1965:
The Reds Sammy Ellis outpitches Sandy Koufax, as he beats the Dodgers, 4–1, striking out 12 batters.
» August 22, 1965: San Francisco's Juan Marichal, batting against LA's Sandy Koufax, complains that C John Roseboro's return throws are too close. He then turns and attacks Roseboro with his bat. A 14-minute brawl ensues before Koufax, Willie Mays, and other peacemakers can restore order. Roseboro suffers a considerable cut on the head. Marichal is suspended eight playing days and levied a National League-record $1,750 fine.
» September 1, 1965: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale lose as the Pirates sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 3–2 and 2–1, at Pittsburgh. The Pirates are now in 5th place, just two 1/2 games out of first place.
» September 9, 1965: In LA, a duel between Dodger Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley of the Cubs is perfect until Dodger LF Lou Johnson walks in the 5th. Following a sacrifice, Johnson steals 3B and scores on C Chris Krug's wild throw. Johnson later gets the game's only hit, a 7th-inning single. Koufax's 4th no-hitter in four years is a perfect game. One hit by two clubs in a completed 9-inning game is also a record, as is the one runner left on base. The two base runners in a game is a ML record. For Chicago pitchers, it is the 2nd one-hitter they've thrown against LA this year and lost.
» September 14, 1965: Five days after pitching against each other, the Cubs Bob Hendley and LA's Sandy Koufax hook up again. No no-no this time as Hendley allows four hits and wins, 2–1.
» September 22, 1965: Before 12,577 fans, the Braves end a 13-year stay in Milwaukee against the Dodgers. Despite a Frank Bolling grand slam off Sandy Koufax, the Braves lose 7–6 in 11 innings.
» September 25, 1965: Sandy Koufax blanks the Cardinals 2–0. He fans 12 along the way, raising his record season total to 356. His 2–0 shutout of St. Louis keeps Los Angeles a game behind the Giants.
» September 29, 1965:
In Los Angeles, the Dodgers roll on, defeating the Reds 5–0 on Sandy Koufax's two hitter. The Dodgers now lead by two games.
» October 2, 1965: Sandy Koufax's 2–1 win against the Braves clinches the National League pennant for the Dodgers. With 13 strikeouts, Koufax ups his modern ML single season record to 382. He leads the NL in wins (26), ERA (2.04), complete games (27), and innings pitched (335 2/3).
» October 6, 1965: Minnesota's 6-run 3rd inning routs Dodger Don Drysdale, subbing for Sandy Koufax, and sparks an 8–2 Twins win in the first game of the World Series. Jim Grant gets the win allowing just one hit, a home run by Ron Fairly. Mincher and Versalles homer for the Twins. Koufax sits out the opener because it is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
» October 7, 1965: Jim Kaat gives Minnesota a 2-0 World Series lead by driving in two runs, defeating Sandy Koufax 5–1 at Metropolitan Stadium.
» October 11, 1965: Sandy Koufax's 4-hit, 7–0 win against the Twins puts Los Angeles one win from the championship. Maury Wills ties a World Series record with four doubles and scores twice.
» October 14, 1965: Working on two days rest, Sandy Koufax pitches a 3-hitter and blanks Minnesota 2–0, giving the Dodgers a 2nd World Championship in three years. He is named World Series MVP.
» November 3, 1965: Sandy Koufax is named Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote.
» November 10, 1965: Willie Mays is named National League MVP, receiving 224 votes to 177 for Sandy Koufax.
» February 28, 1966: Seeking an unprecedented 3-year, $1.05 million contract to be divided evenly, the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout.
» March 17, 1966: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale escalate their threat of retirement by signing movie contracts.
» March 30, 1966: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their 32-day holdout, signing for $130,000 and $105,000 respectively.
» June 26, 1966: Sandy Koufax (13-2) matches his NL record of seven consecutive strikeouts in consecutive 9-inning appearances on his way to a 2–1 win in Atlanta.
» July 9, 1966: Felipe Alou hits two home runs off Sandy Koufax, the 3rd and last time that Sandy gives up two homers to one batter in a game. Atlanta beat the Dodgers, 5–2.
» July 27, 1966: In Los Angeles, Jim Bunning and Sandy Koufax battle for 11 innings before both exit with score locked at 1–1. Koufax allows four hits and fans 16, while Bunning gives up six hits and K's 12. L.A. eventually tops the Phillies, 2–1, in 16 innings.
» August 9, 1966:
In Atlanta, 52,270 watch as Felipe Alou hits a leadoff home run off Sandy Koufax. The Dodgers tie it, but Eddie Mathews adds a 9th inning solo home run to beat the Dodgers' ace 2–1.
» September 11, 1966:
Los Angeles regains first place, winning 4–0 and 1–0 behind Sandy Koufax and Larry Miller while Houston suffers its 3rd and 4th consecutive shutouts against the Dodgers.
» September 25, 1966: In a matchup of Jewish pitchers, the Cubs Ken Holtzman outduels Sandy Koufax, to win 2–1. The Dodgers go hitless over the first eight innings. Holtzman, who spent much of the season in military service, will finish the year at 9–0, the first pitcher since Howie Krist (10–0) in 1940 to win that many without a loss.
» September 29, 1966: Sandy Koufax pitches a 4-hitter, beats the Cards 2–1, and becomes the first ML pitcher to achieve a third 300-strikeout season since Amos Rusie in 1890–92.
» October 2, 1966: Sandy Koufax clinches the 3rd Los Angeles pennant in four years, working with just two days rest for a 6–3 win at Philadelphia. Koufax sets Los Angeles records with 27 wins and a 1.73 ERA. Philadelphia wins the first game, beating reliever Don Drysdale, behind Chris Short's 20th victory, 4–3. Short is the first Philley lefty to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey in 1916.
» November 1, 1966: Sandy Koufax becomes the first 3-time winner of the Cy Young Award. He is a unanimous winner for the 2nd-straight year. This is the last year that only one award is given for pitchers in both of the MLs.
» November 16, 1966: Pirate OF Roberto Clemente is named MVP in the National League. He edges Sandy Koufax by 10 votes.
» November 18, 1966: Sandy Koufax announces his retirement, due to increasing pain in his arthritic left elbow.
» January 19, 1972: The BBWAA elects Sandy Koufax (344 votes), Yogi Berra (339), and Early Wynn (301) to the Hall of Fame. Koufax makes it in his first try and, at 36, is the youngest honoree in history.
» September 27, 1973: The Angels Nolan Ryan fans 16 in 11 innings, beating the Twins 5–4. The final strikeout victim, Rich Reese, is 383 of the season for Ryan, enabling him to surpass the major-league record set by Sandy Koufax in 1965. Ryan opts to skip his next start on the 30th, thus passing on a shot at 400 K's.
» June 1, 1975: The Angels Nolan Ryan pitches his 4th career no-hitter, winning 1–0 over the Orioles, to tie the record set by Sandy Koufax. Ryan strikes out 9, including Bobby Grich on a change-up for the last out, and runs his record to 9–3. Ryan has now struck out 96 in 96 innings. Today's win is his 100th.
» June 13, 1977: At Fenway, pitcher Boston Fergie Jenkins strikes out his 2,397th batter to move ahead of Sandy Koufax on the all-time list. Boston edges the White Sox, 5–4, in 10 innings.
» January 24, 1980: Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon head a group of investors which purchases the New York Mets for a reported $21.1 million, the highest price paid to date for a ML baseball franchise. Doubleday, whose publishing company supplied 80 percent of the purchase price, will serve as chairman of the board, while Wilpon, a former teammate of Sandy Koufax's at Brooklyn's Lafayette High School, will be president and chief operating officer.
» November 4, 1980: Steve Carlton joins Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Jim Palmer as the only pitchers to win three Cy Young Awards, garnering 23 of 24 first-place votes to take National League honors. Carlton was 24-9 with a 2.34 ERA and led the NL with 286 strikeouts.
» September 26, 1981: Nolan Ryan no-hits the Dodgers 5–0 to become the only ML pitcher to toss five career no-hitters. Ryan had shared the record of four with Dodger great Sandy Koufax, but had not pitched a no-hitter since June 1, 1975. The 34-year-old Ryan strikes out 11 and retires the last 19 batters in a row while lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.74.
» September 26, 1985: The Cards John Tudor picks up his 20th win of the season with his ML-leading 10th shutout, a 5–0 four-hitter against the Phillies. It's the most in 10 years and the most by a lefty since Sandy Koufax in 1963.
» October 2, 1986:
Mike Scott strikes out eight Giants in a 2–1 Astros victory to run his season total to 306, joining Sandy Koufax and J.R. Richard as the only National League pitchers to fan 300 batters in one season. Scott loses his bid for a 2nd consecutive no-hitter when Will Clark doubles in the 7th inning.
» June 4, 1990: The Dodgers Ramon Martinez, 22, strikes out 18 Braves in a 2–0 win. He ties Sandy Koufax's club record and is one short of the National League mark. Martinez whiffed none in the 9th inning.
» August 26, 1991:
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals hurls a no-hitter against the White Sox, winning by a 7-0 count. He strikes out five while walking only 2. Charlie Hough takes the loss for Chicago, becoming the 7th pitcher in history to wind up on the losing side of more than one no-hitter. Saberhagen also becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter, win a Cy Young Award, and be named World Series MVP, joining Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.
» August 28, 1991: Cincinnati's Tom Browning defeats Montreal's Dennis Martinez, 11-3, in the first matchup of perfect game hurlers in 25 years. Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning performed the feat on October 2, 1966.
» September 8, 1993: Houston's Darryl Kile no-hits the Mets, winning by a score of 7-1. He fans nine and walks 1. Mets 3B Butch Huskey becomes the 3rd player in history to make his major league debut on the losing end of a no-hitter. Byron Browne and Don Young of the Cubs did so in Sandy Koufax's perfect game in 1965.