Friday, March 9, 2012

1966 TOPPS SANDY KOUFAX

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?

PHOTO PLAY

  • Nothing special, a mug shot, but when that mug  is of Sandy Koufax, it is kind of special.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • 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. 

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