Koufax Turns W’s and K’s into MVP


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(October 30, 1963) Sandy Koufax, who unanimously won the Cy Young Award six days earlier, today also was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. The Dodger legend out pointed Pittsburgh Pirates’ shortstop Dick Groat, 237-190, who had been the National League MVP in 1960.

It marked the second consecutive year that the Most Valuable Player award went to a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodger shortstop Maury Wills was named MVP in 1962.

Sandy Koufax won 25 games in 1963 to claim the first of his three Cy Young Awards as well as being named National League Most Valuable Player. It would be the lowest victory total of any of his Cy Young seasons.

Koufax won 25 games during the regular season and two more during the 1963 World Series. His 25 victories tied him for the most in baseball with Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants.

Koufax led the National League in strikeouts (306), earned run average (1.88) and shutouts (11). He was named Most Valuable Player in the 1963 World Series. He pitched 311 innings and 20 complete games in 1963.





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