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Full Name: Sanford Koufax Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/210 First Game: June 24, 1955
Birthdate: December 30, 1935 Final Game: October 2, 1966
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York MLB Experience: 12 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Left


Biography

Born on December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, Sandy Koufax (Sanford Koufax) played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of his 12 year career. Koufax broke into the bigs on June 24, 1955 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and put up a 4.91 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched in 1956, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Sandy Koufax's best season was 1965, when he posted a 2.04 ERA, won 26 games and struck out a record 382 batters. Others believe it was 1966, his final season, when---with no spring training, thanks to a highly-publicised joint contract holdout with Don Drysdale---Koufax went 27-9 with a 1.73 ERA and 312 strikeouts.

Traumatic arthritis in his pitching elbow, which provoked a near-unconscionable medical regimen over his final two seasons, compelled Koufax's retirement after the 1966 season, making him one of the very few professional athletes who really did give it up at the top of his game.

Sandy Koufax was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. He was the youngest player ever to be inducted in his first year of eligibility. He has spent the years since his retirement as a broadcaster, pitching coach, and very occasional memorabilia show presence, as well as involvement with the Baseball Assistance Team that helps retired players whose careers came before the big-money free agency era.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1955 BRO N 12 5 2 2 3.02 30 15 14 2 2 0 41.2 33 2 28 1 2 1
1956 BRO N 16 10 2 4 4.91 30 37 32 0 0 0 58.2 66 10 29 0 1 0
1957 BRO N 34 13 5 4 3.88 122 49 45 2 0 0 104.1 83 14 51 1 5 2
1958 LA N 40 26 11 11 4.48 131 89 79 5 0 1 158.2 132 19 105 6 17 1
1959 LA N 35 23 8 6 4.05 173 74 69 6 1 2 153.1 136 23 92 4 5 0
1960 LA N 37 26 8 13 3.91 197 83 76 7 2 1 175 133 20 100 6 9 1
1961 LA N 42 35 18 13 3.52 269 117 100 15 2 1 255.2 212 27 96 6 12 3
1962 LA N 28 26 14 7 2.54 216 61 52 11 2 1 184.1 134 13 57 4 3 2
1963 LA N 40 40 25 5 1.88 306 68 65 20 11 0 311 214 18 58 7 6 3
1964 LA N 29 28 19 5 1.74 223 49 43 15 7 1 223 154 13 53 5 9 0
1965 LA N 43 41 26 8 2.04 382 90 76 27 8 2 335.2 216 26 71 4 11 5
1966 LA N 41 41 27 9 1.73 317 74 62 27 5 0 323 241 19 77 4 7 0
Total 397 314 165 87 2.76 2396 806 713 137 40 9 2324.1 1754 204 817 48 87 18

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1955 BRO N P 12 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1956 BRO N P 16 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 BRO N P 34 13 104.1 3 4 1 0 0 1 5 1 1 .875
1958 LA N P 40 26 158.2 6 21 1 3 0 0 3 1 0 .964
1959 LA N P 35 23 153.1 4 16 1 1 0 2 1 2 0 .952
1960 LA N P 37 26 175 6 18 0 1 0 2 5 6 0 1.000
1961 LA N P 42 35 255.2 7 26 2 2 0 2 6 7 0 .943
1962 LA N P 28 26 184.1 3 16 2 0 0 2 5 3 0 .905
1963 LA N P 40 40 311 4 34 3 1 0 2 11 1 0 .927
1964 LA N P 29 28 223 9 18 2 1 0 1 5 6 1 .931
1965 LA N P 43 41 335.2 10 36 0 2 0 0 16 4 0 1.000
1966 LA N P 41 41 323 7 30 1 2 0 0 13 5 1 .974
Total P 397 299 2224 64 228 14 13 0 12 70 36 3 .954

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1955 BRO N 12 12 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
1956 BRO N 16 17 0 2 0 0 .118 .211 .118 0 0 2 12 0 0 0 0 0
1957 BRO N 34 26 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 18 0 1 0 0 0
1958 LA N 40 49 2 6 0 1 .122 .140 .143 1 0 1 26 0 5 0 0 0
1959 LA N 35 54 3 6 0 0 .111 .143 .167 3 0 2 29 0 2 0 0 0
1960 LA N 37 57 1 7 0 1 .123 .167 .123 0 0 3 28 0 4 0 0 1
1961 LA N 42 77 3 5 0 2 .065 .163 .065 0 0 9 35 0 8 0 0 0
1962 LA N 28 69 1 6 1 4 .087 .113 .130 0 0 2 42 0 2 0 0 3
1963 LA N 40 110 3 7 1 7 .064 .111 .091 0 0 6 51 0 7 0 0 2
1964 LA N 29 74 3 7 0 1 .095 .141 .095 0 0 3 32 1 3 0 0 1
1965 LA N 43 113 4 20 0 7 .177 .242 .195 2 0 10 44 0 3 0 0 2
1966 LA N 41 118 5 9 0 5 .076 .113 .102 3 0 5 57 0 0 0 0 1
Total 397 776 26 75 2 28 .097 .145 .116 9 0 43 386 1 35 0 0 10

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