Sandy Koufax

Prior to relying on Clayton Kershaw to dominant opposing hitters, the Los Angeles Dodgers have had a long history of historically-great starting pitchers — particularly left-handers.

Widely considered the greatest Dodgers’ lefty is Sandy Koufax, who Kershaw has drawn countless comparisons to despite his wish not to be. Koufax began his career in 1955 at the tender age of 19 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Koufax’s career accomplishments compares with any pitcher who has taken an MLB mound. He threw three no-hitters from 1962-64, then added to his legend with a remarkable performance on Sept. 9, 1965.

In his 11th season with the Dodgers, Koufax took the mound at Chavez Ravine to face the Chicago Cubs. It was the 36th start of the season for Koufax, who entered the game with a 22-7 record. Given one run of support, Koufax struck out 14, including the last six batters he faced to complete a perfect game.

The performance took 113 pitches with 79 of them strikes and it stands as the lone perfect game in Dodgers’ history. Adding to the nostalgia of Koufax’s memorable game is Vin Scully was on the call and he of course remains the voice of the Dodgers in his 65th season with the team.

About The Author

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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