Today in Sports History: September 27

In 1961, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Sandy Koufax, set a National League strikeout season record of 269 strikeouts.

Koufax played for the Dodgers from 1955 until 1966. Throughout his 12-year career, he played in 397 games with a record of 165 wins and 87 losses. He pitched a total of 2,324.1 innings and 2,396 strikeouts. His Earned Run Average was 2.76 and his Walks And Hits Per Innings Pitched were 1.11. At the end of his career, he had a total of 40 shutouts and four no-hitters.

He also had a total of 776 At-Bats, 28 Runners Batted In, and two Home Runs. His batting average was .097 and his on-base plus slugging percentage was .261. 

Koufax won the World Series three times in 1959, 1963, and 1965 and was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the series in 1963 and 1965. He was a seven-time NL All-Star, three-time Major League Baseball Cy Young recipient, and the National League MVP in 1963. 

He also was awarded the Babe Ruth Award in 1963 and 1965, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1965, and The Hutch Award in 1966. 

Unfortunately, horrible arthritis in Koufax’s elbow ended his career early due to a threat of permanent damage and disability. He was the youngest player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 for his excellence in his career. 

 

 

 

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