Sandy Cy’s Again


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(November 3, 1965) Sandy Koufax today was named the unanimous choice for the 1965 Cy Young Award. It was the second time that Koufax had won the Cy Young in the past three seasons.

Sandy Koufax won his second Cy Young Award in 1965 for a season when he won 26 games and set a major league record with 382 strikeouts. Koufax also pitched a perfect game, his fourth career no-hitter.

In 1965, there was still only one Cy Young Award per season, recognizing the single best pitcher in all of major league baseball. Koufax was the first pitcher to win the award more than once.

In 1965, Koufax won the pitching “Triple Crown” by leading the major leagues in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He also led the majors in winning percentage (.765), complete games (27) and innings pitched (335.2).

The National League’s Most Valuable player in 1963, Koufax finished second to Willie Mays in the MVP balloting for 1965.

On September 9, 1965, Koufax pitched his fourth career no-hitter, a 1-0 perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.

Sandy Koufax capped his best season in the majors by winning two games in the 1965 World Series, including a three-hit, 2-0 shutout in the seventh game.

In the 1965 World Series, Koufax was 2-1 against the Minnesota Twins with a 0.38 ERA. He struck out 29 Twins batters in 24 innings pitched.

What a season!




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  1. That perfect game was almost necessary. Bob Hendley of the Cubs pitched a one hitter, gave up one walk, and only faced 26 batters in 8 innings.

    • Talk about wasting the best game of his career. And then, in his next start, Hendley went out and pitched a 4-hitter, beating the Dodgers 2-1. The losing pitcher was … Sandy Koufax. It would be his last loss of the 1965 season.

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