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1) Sanford "Sandy" Koufax is born Sanford Braun, on December
30, 1935 (he takes his stepfather's name Koufax) in New York.
What borough is he born in?
2) Koufax graduates from high school
and attends the University of Cincinnati on a athletic scholarship.
What is the scholarship in?
3) During the tryout with the
Pirates, Koufax's pitching brakes the thumb of his catcher, Sam Narron,
the team's bullpen coach. Branch Rickey, then general manager of
the Pirates, tells his scout Clyde Sukeforth that Koufax has the
"greatest arm [he has] ever seen". The Pirates, however, fail to
offer Koufax a contract until after he has committed to signing with the
4) Because Koufax's signing bonus is
greater than $4,000, he is known as a bonus baby. That forced the
Dodgers to keep him in the major leagues for at least two years before
he can be sent to the minors. To make room for him on the roster,
the Dodgers have to optioned a player.
Who is the player?
5) On September 27, 1961, Koufax
brakes the National League record for strikeouts in a season, surpassing
the 58-year-old mark of 267, set in 1903.
Who's record does he break?
6) On June 30 against the New York
Mets, Koufax throws his first no-hitter; he will finish his career with
a then-record four no-hitters. In the first inning of the 5-0 win
over the Mets, Koufax stricks out three batters on nine pitches to
become the sixth National League pitcher and the 11th pitcher in Major
League history to accomplish the nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning.
7) After seeing Koufax's Game 1
performance, who is quoted
as saying, "I can see how he won 25 games.
What I don't understand is how he lost five."?
8) Koufax becomes the sixth pitcher
of the modern era to throw a perfect game.
What is the date?
September 15, 1964
September 9, 1965
September 30, 1966
9) Koufax and another Dodger player
boycott part of spring training in a contract dispute.
Who is the player?
10) In 1972, he is elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame. The Dodgers retire his number.
On June 4, 1972, besides Koufax's number 32,
have their number retired that day?
Roy Campanella (39)
Jackie Robinson (42)
Chuck Connors (57)
What was Koufax’s career Strikeouts?
was Koufax’s career Win-Loss %?
was Koufax’s career WHIP (Walks plus hits per inning pitched)?
14) What was Koufax’s career ERA?