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Glancing Back, and Remembering Wally Moon

Wally Moon burst onto the National League in 1954, ready-made as one of the league’s most accomplished hitters. While his subsequent 12-season career did not quite live up to the promise of his rookie season, Moon was a solid hitter who knew the strike zone and could drive the ball with power to all fields. Continue reading

Talent in Reserve


Glancing Back, and Remembering Gino Cimoli

Gino Cimoli was a much-traveled and much-valued outfielder who played from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. He played for seven different major league clubs in a 10-year career, the valuable reserve who could play any of the outfield positions and cause problems for opposing pitchers when he came to bat. Continue reading

Koufax Hurls Giant No-Hitter


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.

Ron Fairly

Ron Fairly

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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