Sandy Koufax Throws A Perfect Game In 1965

On Sept. 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, marking just the eighth time in baseball history a pitcher has ever completed a perfect game. By the time 1965 came around, the Los Angeles Dodgers starter had three no-hitters under his belt and had already solidified himself as one of the most dominant pitchers in the game.

Koufax faced off against Cubs starter Bob Hendley, who had a near no-hitter after tossing eight innings and allowing just one hit. As the Dodgers defeated the Cubs 1-0, Koufax breezed through 27 batters, recording an incredible 14 strikeouts without allowing so much as a walk. As the left-hander finished his fourth and final career no-hitter, he led his team to a division title and eventually a World Series Championship.

The legendary starter has an amazing list of accomplishments, including three Cy Young awards and one MVP award. From 1962 to 1966, Koufax posted a 111-34 record and set the single-season strikeouts record with 382. He has gone down in baseball history as one of the greatest pitchers in the game, and later became the youngest player inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

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