Sandy Koufax, who was born on December 30, 1935, is considered to be one of the best starting pitchers in the history of baseball. He was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the Los Angeles Dodgers when the team relocated. He played professional baseball from 1955 to 1966. Among his many career highlights, he was a member of seven All-Star teams, helped the Dodgers win four World Series, was named the National League MVP for his stellar pitching in the 1963 season, and received three Cy Young Awards over the course of his career.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Sandy Koufax:
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The first interesting fact is that he was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award multiple times.
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He was also the first pitcher to win the Cy Young award by a unanimous vote. He received all of the votes in 1963, 1965 and in 1966.
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One of his best games was on September 9, 1965. On this day, he was able to pitch a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. On a side note, he was able to strike out 382 batters over the course of the season, which was a record until Nolan Ryan struck out 383 batters in 1973.
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Another interesting fact is that he was out of baseball for two months in 1962 because of a circulatory blockage in his left index finger. Despite the injury, he was still able to lead the National League in earned run average.
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Koufax also experienced arthritis in his pitching elbow during part of his career. More specifically, in August of 1964 he was diagnosed. To help him feel better, he took anti-inflammation drugs, cortisone shorts, and allowed his elbow to be soaked in ice water after every game he pitched for the rest of his career.
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His numbers were very good when he retired, but they could have been better. He decided to retire after the 2006 MLB season to avoid any possible future baseball injury.
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The Dodgers retired his number, 32, after his baseball career came to an end.
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He is the ex-son-in-law of two well-known celebrities, Richard Widmark and Jean Hazlewood.
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The legendary pitcher was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. He was also inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
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Lastly, he was a smoker, but did not want any pictures to be taken of him smoking a cigarette because he did not want young fans to smoke cigarettes.
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