This Week in 1960s Baseball …
(May 11, 1963) Behind the no-hit pitching of left-hander Sandy Koufax, the Los Angeles Dodgers today beat the San Francisco Giants 8-0.
It was the second no-hitter of Koufax’s career. His first no-hitter came in 1962 against the New York Mets.
Koufax (4-1) faced only 28 batters, striking out four and walking two.
Ron Fairly was the hitting star for the Dodgers, getting three hits and three RBIs. Wally Moon hit a solo home run off Giants starter Juan Marichal (4-3) in the second inning.
Koufax was in the midst of a six-game winning streak that would include two more shutouts. He would finish the 1963 season at 25-5 with 11 shutouts, 306 strikeouts and a major-league best 1.88 earned run average. He would win his first Cy Young award, the National League Most Valuable Player award, and two games in the World Series, earning him acknowledgement as the 1963 World Series MVP.
Not a bad year for the Left Arm of God.
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