On This Date In History: A Koufax No Hitter

 

On June 30, 1962 at Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax pitched his first no hitter.  Playing against the newly formed New York Mets, the 26 year old lefty struck out thirteen and walked five en route to the 5 - 0 victory for the Dodgers.  In an amazing first inning, Koufax threw only nine pitches, all for strikes.  The Mets really only had two major threats in the game and both came from Richie Ashburn.  In the sixth inning left fielder Tommy Davis lost Ashburn's line drive in the lights, but recovered just in time to make the catch.  Coming up again in the 9th, Ashburn hit a rocket down the left field line and the ball landed just foul.  Koufax retired the next two batters to end the game.  He would go on to pitch three more no hitters in his career, one of them being a perfect game on September 9, 1965.

Check out the link below to hear Vin Scully, legendary voice of the Dodgers, call the 9th inning.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9752592

 


 

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