|ENJOYED A CAREER THAT BLAZED BY AS FAST |
AS ONE OF HIS FOUR-SEAM FASTBALLS.
|BROOKLYN NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO SEE |
THE REAL KOUFAX.
THE FRONT PAGE
- My only solo Sandy Koufax, but it's a beauty, the the final regular-issue card of this amazing pitcher.
THE BACK PAGE
- Just look at those stat lines beginning in '61. For his final season in '66 add:
- 41 323 27 9 .750 317 77 1.73
- An awesome pitcher who embodied California cool in the '60s.
- I'm not sure I understand the cartoon. The little dude with the protruding jaw is ripping a sign with double zeroes? What am I missing?
- Nothing special, a mug shot, but when that mug is of Sandy Koufax, it is kind of special.
- Just saying "Sandy Koufax card'' gets me excited.
- What his career lacked in longevity it made up for in explosive excellence. He's pretty much the polar opposite of Early Wynn.
- Became the youngest player (36) to be elected to the Hall of Fame, which occurred in '72.
- Won the Cy Young Award three times ('63, '65, '66) and that was when baseball gave the award to only one pitcher.
- Also added the MVP trophy in '63.
- Was the first to toss four no-hitters.
- Despite his short career, he ranked seventh all-time in strikeouts (2,396) at the time of his retirement.
- Took some heat for not pitching Game 1 of the '65 Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.
- Pretty much relied on two pitches: four-seam fastball and a devastating overhand curve. Like Nolan Ryan later on, when Koufax was spotting the curve, he was likely going to flirt with a no-no.
- Had a fluid, beautiful delivery, poetry in motion.
- Had to retire because of chronic arthritis in his left elbow.