31 Facts About Sandy Koufax

1. On May 27, 2010, Sandy Koufax was included among a group of prominent Jewish Americans at the first White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

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2. Sandy Koufax threw the ceremonial first pitch to Bench from in front of the base of the mound.

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3. Sandy Koufax worked with the pitchers during spring training and will consult during the season.

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4. Sandy Koufax was the final player chosen in the inaugural Israel Baseball League draft in April 2007.

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5. Sandy Koufax threw out a ceremonial first pitch at opening day 2008 at Dodger Stadium, to help commemorate the Dodgers' 50th Anniversary in Los Angeles.

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6. Sandy Koufax resigned in 1990, saying he was not earning his keep, but most observers blamed it on his uneasy relationship with manager Tommy Lasorda.

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7. Sandy Koufax quit after six years, just prior to the start of the 1973 season.

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8. Sandy Koufax is currently second on the list of overall career ERA in the live-ball era, surpassed only by Whitey Ford.

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9. Sandy Koufax was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote.

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10. Sandy Koufax was selected as an All-Star for six consecutive seasons and made seven out of eight All-Star Game appearances those seasons.

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11. Sandy Koufax kept Kerlan's advice to himself and went out every fourth day to pitch.

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12. Sandy Koufax ended up getting $125,000 and Drysdale $110,000.

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13. Sandy Koufax was awarded Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

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14. Sandy Koufax won the Hickok Belt a second time, the first time anyone had won the belt more than once.

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15. Sandy Koufax garnered headlines by declining to pitch Game 1 of the World Series because of his observance of the Jewish religious holiday of Yom Kippur.

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16. On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax became the sixth pitcher of the modern era, and eighth overall, to throw a perfect game, the first by a left-hander since 1880.

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17. Sandy Koufax had 11-game winning streaks in both 1964 and 1965.

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18. Sandy Koufax finished the year by winning his second pitchers' Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, ERA (2.04) and strikeouts (382; the highest modern day total at the time.

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19. Sandy Koufax managed to pitch and win two more games.

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20. Sandy Koufax had his strong season despite an injured pitching hand.

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21. Sandy Koufax was an immediate beneficiary of the change, lowering his home ERA from 4.29 to 1.75.

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22. Sandy Koufax faced only one batter in the 9th inning in the first game, giving up a hit to Al Kaline and he pitched two scoreless innings in the second game.

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23. Sandy Koufax was selected as an All-Star for the first time and made two All-Star Game appearances; MLB held two All-Star games from 1959 through 1962.

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24. In June 1959, Sandy Koufax set the record for a night game with 16 strikeouts.

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25. Sandy Koufax walked Hank Aaron on four pitches to load the bases, then struck out Bobby Thomson on a full count.

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26. Sandy Koufax started out as a left-handed catcher before moving to first base.

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27. In 1951, at the age of 15, Sandy Koufax joined a local youth baseball league known as the "Ice Cream League".

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28. Sandy Koufax was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, and raised in Borough Park.

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29. Sandy Koufax is remembered as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports.

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30. Sandy Koufax won the NL Triple Crown for pitchers those same three years by leading the NL in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.

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31. Sandy Koufax was an All-Star for six seasons and was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1963.

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