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.
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.