On May 11, 1963, Los Angeles Dodgers legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax tossed his second of four career no-hitters. His performance helped lead the Dodgers to an 8-0 win over the division-rival San Francisco Giants.
Koufax struck out four and walked two in the historic game, getting seven groundball outs and the other 15 coming through the air. The 1963 season was a special one for Koufax and perhaps the best in his 12-year career with the Dodgers.
He went 25-5 with a 1.88 ERA, 1.85 FIP and 0.88 WHIP in 40 starts. He struck out 306 batters compared to 58 walks in 311 innings while throwing 20 complete games, 11 of them being shutouts.
Koufax won his first of three National League Cy Young Awards, while also taking home an NL MVP Award. The Dodgers went on to win the 1963 World Series, the second of four in Koufax’s career, by sweeping the New York Yankees in four games.
In addition to his three Cy Youngs and MVP, Koufax was named an All-Star seven times while with the Dodgers and became the youngest player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
Koufax is responsible for four of the Dodgers’ 23 no-hitters in franchise history, which is the most for any team in all of baseball. He is also responsible for the only perfect game thrown by a Dodgers pitcher.