Sandy Koufax

Baseball Player

Sanford "Sandy" Koufax is an American former left-handed baseball pitcher who played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1955–1966). He retired at the peak of his career, and in 1972, he became, at age 36 and 20 days, the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame . Koufax's career peaked with a run of six outstanding seasons from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis in his left elbow ended his career prematurely at age 30.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on December 30, 1935.
1939 3 Years Old His election made him the Hall's youngest member ever elected, five months younger than Lou Gehrig upon his election in 1939, though because the 1972 induction ceremony was nearly eight months after the election, Koufax's age at induction was slightly higher than Gehrig's, making Gehrig the youngest player ever inducted. … Read More


1951 15 Years Old …  In 1951, at the age of 15, Koufax also joined a local youth baseball league known as the "Ice Cream League." … Read More
1954 18 Years Old Koufax attended the University of Cincinnati and was a walk-on on the freshman basketball team, a complete unknown to coach Ed Jucker. He later earned a partial scholarship. In spring 1954, he made the college baseball varsity team. … Read More
…  Koufax made only 12 appearances in 1955, pitching innings and walking almost as many men (28) as he struck out (30).


1956 - 1958 2 More Events
In June 1959, Koufax set the record for a night game with 16 strikeouts.
1960 24 Years Old In early, Koufax asked Dodgers GM Buzzie Bavasi to trade him because he wasn't getting enough playing time. By the end of 1960, after going 8–13, Koufax was thinking about quitting baseball to devote himself to an electronics business that he'd invested in. … Read More
Koufax tried one more year of baseball and showed up for the 1961 season in better condition than he had in previous years. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old 1 More Event
The top pitchers of the era – Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Jim Bunning, Bob Gibson, Warren Spahn, and above all Koufax – significantly reduced the walks-given-up-to-batters-faced ratio for 1963, and subsequent years. … Read More
1964 28 Years Old …  Koufax had 11-game winning streaks in both 1964 and 1965.
1965 29 Years Old On September 9, 1965, 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. … Read More


Before the 1966 season began, Koufax and Drysdale met separately with Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi to negotiate their contracts for the upcoming year. … Read More
1969 33 Years Old Koufax married Anne Widmark, daughter of movie star Richard Widmark, in 1969; the couple was divorced in the 1980s. … Read More
1972 36 Years Old …  Koufax, at age 36 in 1972, became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. … Read More


1999 63 Years Old Although he rarely makes public appearances, he went to Turner Field in Atlanta for the introduction ceremony before Game 2 of the 1999 World Series. … Read More
2007 71 Years Old Koufax was the final player chosen in the inaugural Israel Baseball League draft in April 2007. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 23, 2013 the Dodgers hired Koufax as a Special Advisor to team Chairman Mark Walter. … Read More
2015 79 Years Old On July 14, 2015, before the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Koufax was introduced as one of the four best living players (as selected by the fans of major league baseball), along with Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Johnny Bench. … Read More
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