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Sandy KoufaxSanford Koufax (Born Sanford Braun)Born: Dec. 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY Debut: 1955 | Pos: PHt: 6’2″ | Wt: 210 | B: R | T: L Yrs G IP W L Sv SO ERA12 397 2324.1 165 87 9 2396 2.76>> Visit the Sandy Koufax biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.By Rob OldsCareer AchievementsCy Young – ’63, ’65, ’66NL MVP – 1963Pitching Triple Crown – ’63, ’65, ’66All-Star – 1961-66 Like many other power pitchers, Sandy Koufax had problems harnessing his tremendous talents at the beginning of his career. Through the first six years of his career, Koufax had a record of 36-38. But, during a spring training game in 1961, Dodger catcher Norm Sherry told Koufax to slow down and to try not to throw his fastball quite so hard. The rest, as they say, is history.The 1961 season saw Koufax dominate the N.L. with an 18-13 record and a league leading 269 strikeouts in 255 innings. The Dodger fireballer went 14-7 with an ERA of 2.54 in 1962, including his first career no-hitter on June 30 of that year, before an injury forced him to end his season early.In 1963, Koufax became the most dominant pitcher in baseball, winning 25 games and losing only 5 (and his first Cy Young Award) with an ERA of 1.88, 306 strikeouts in 311 innings, and 11 shutouts, while holding opponents to a meager .189 batting average.Between 1964-1966, Koufax went 72-22, with 922 strikeouts in 881.2 innings pitched, and 69 complete games in 110 starts, earning him 2 Cy Young Awards (1965-66). The Dodger great threw a total of 4 no-hitters, including a perfect game on September 9, 1965 at Dodger Stadium vs. the Chicago Cubs.Koufax was one of the greatest postseason pitchers in baseball history, posting a 4-3 record, a 0.95 ERA, 4 complete games, 61 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched, and 2 shutouts, including a 3-hit, Game Seven and series clinching shutout on two days’ rest against the Minnesota Twins on October 14, 1965.Koufax’s career numbers include a record of 165-87, 2.76 ERA, 2,396 strikeouts, 2,324.1 innings pitched, 137 complete games in 314 starts, and 40 shutouts. His 382 strikeouts in 1965 were a single season record until broken by Nolan Ryan of the California Angels in 1973. Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 after having his career cut short by an arthritic elbow.Rob Olds is the creator of www.nolanryanheat.com — a site dedicated to the career of Nolan Ryan.