OTDIB – May 11th – Koufax goes no no

May 11th, 1963  – Sandy Koufax hurls the second no-hitter of his career.

Sandy Koufax takes a perfect game into the eighth inning before walking Ed Bailey on a 3-and-2 pitch, but will finish the Dodger Stadium contest with the second of four career no-hitters, blanking the Giants, 8-0. The Los Angeles southpaw beats San Francisco ace Juan Marichal, who will also author a no-hitter next month.

This particular no-hitter by Koufax was rated his 22nd best game using game score.  You know what is hard? Having a game score over 100, that is hard. Only 47 pitchers have done that since 1955.  Only had a handful have ever done it more than once. Koufax and Kershaw have both done it once.

The Sandy Koufax regular season game score leaderboard:

Date              IP H ER BB SO GSc
1965-09-09       9.0 0  0  0 14 101
1966-07-27      11.0 4  1  3 16  98
1964-06-04       9.0 0  0  1 12  98
1961-09-20      13.0 7  2  3 15  97
1963-04-19       9.0 2  0  2 14  95
1961-06-20       9.0 2  0  2 14  95
1965-09-29       9.0 2  0  1 13  95
1962-06-30       9.0 0  0  5 13  95
1960-08-11       9.0 2  0  1 13  95
1965-05-13       9.0 3  0  0 13  94
1965-08-14      10.0 5  0  0 12  94
1960-05-28      13.0 3  3  9 15  93
1963-07-12       9.0 3  0  1 13  93
1955-08-27       9.0 2  0  5 14  92
1964-05-04      10.0 3  1  3 13  92
1965-06-20(1)    9.0 1  1  2 12  91
1964-07-22       9.0 4  0  0 12  91
1963-07-03       9.0 3  0  0  9  90
1966-05-19       9.0 3  0  2 10  89
1963-06-13       9.0 3  0  2 10  89
1960-05-23       9.0 1  0  6 10  89
1963-05-11       9.0 0  0  2  4  89
1961-08-29       9.0 2  0  5 12  88

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/11/2017.

You know what is even harder? Having a game score over 80 in the post season and doing it twice within a span of three days.

The Sandy Koufax postseason game score leaderboard:

Date         Series Gm# Opp  Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
1965-10-14       WS   7 MIN W 2-0 9.0 3  0  3 10  88
1965-10-11       WS   5 MIN W 7-0 9.0 4  0  1 10  88

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/11/2017.

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3 Comments

  1. 68elcamino427

    For so many years
    From the year the stadium opened
    I got to see Koufax
    And all the others from Field, aisle 18, row G
    Also, lots of other games from various locations.
    The funniest part was me as a kid using binoculars from those up close seats to get a better look!

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  2. Yeah, I always took binoculars as a kid. I’d start out looking at the players but you know where they always ended up. Some pretty ladies went to those games. Those were great seats, you were a lucky lad.

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    • Mike Sacha

      I used to watch Roger toss bags of peanuts from afar with my binocs.

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