Koufax perfect game rides on top

The highest game score by a LAD pitcher against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium is, of course, the perfect game by Sandy Koufax.

I like this list because it has some names on it that had been missing in my other game score leaderboards.  Like Hiroki Kuroda, Bill Singer, Tim Belcher, Ricky Nolasco, Rick Honeycut, John Purdin, Bob Miller, Vincente Padilla, Nick Willhite, Chan Ho Park, and Bob Welch.

Most of you should recognize those names but I bet you don’t recognize John Purdin, Bob Miller, or Nick Willhite?

John Purdin was one of my first ever LAD rookie baseball cards. The kind that comes with two players combined on one card.  In this case Purdin was lumped in with the Bull Al Ferrera. I think he was painted.  I had never seen Purdin pitch or ever saw a scouting report on him but I always wanted him to succeed. Sadly, Purdin would only make five starts and this one in 1964 would be his best by far.  It was his first major league start and he shutout the Cubs in late Sept. Can you imagine the expectations for him in the winter of 1965? The blogosphere had to have been going wild.

Player                         Date  Rslt   IP H ER BB SO GSc
Sandy Koufax             1965-09-09 W 1-0  9.0 0  0  0 14 101
Sandy Koufax             1964-05-04 W 2-1 10.0 3  1  3 13  92
Hiroki Kuroda            2008-06-06 W 3-0  9.0 4  0  0 11  90
Bill Singer              1969-08-08 W 5-0  9.0 2  0  0  7  90
Tim Belcher              1991-08-30 W 2-0  9.0 4  0  0 10  89
Fernando Valenzuela      1981-08-27 W 6-0  9.0 4  0  2 10  87
Don Drysdale             1968-05-14 W 1-0  9.0 2  0  3  7  87
Ricky Nolasco            2013-08-28 W 4-0  8.0 3  0  1 11  86
Sandy Koufax             1965-07-16 W 3-0  9.0 4  0  2  9  86
Clayton Kershaw          2015-08-28 W 4-1  8.0 3  1  1 14  85
Rick Honeycutt           1987-05-12 W 7-0  9.0 4  0  1  6  84
 John Purdin              1964-09-30 W 2-0  9.0 2  0  1  2  84
Bob Miller               1963-04-17 W 1-0  9.0 3  0  2  5  84
Don Drysdale             1962-09-10 W 8-1  8.0 3  0  1  9  84
Vicente Padilla          2010-07-11 W 7-0  8.0 2  0  1  6  83
Fernando Valenzuela      1990-04-27 W 5-0  9.0 4  0  0  4  83
Don Drysdale             1967-07-15 W 5-1  9.0 5  1  0 10  83
Don Drysdale          1967-05-14(1) W 2-1 10.0 5  1  1  6  83
Ismael Valdez            1995-08-16 W 6-1  9.0 7  0  0 11  82
Orel Hershiser           1989-07-18 W 4-1  9.0 4  0  0  5  82
Nick Willhite         1963-06-16(2) W 2-0  9.0 5  0  1  6  82
Chan Ho Park             1997-08-11 W 2-1  9.0 4  1  1  7  81
Andy Messersmith         1975-07-21 L 0-1  9.0 6  0  0  8  81
Don Sutton               1973-05-02 W 4-1  9.0 6  0  1  9  81
Sandy Koufax             1966-08-13 W 6-1  9.0 5  1  3 11  81
Don Drysdale             1965-07-15 W 5-0  9.0 3  0  3  3  81
Bob Welch                1986-04-30 W 4-0  9.0 6  0  1  6  80

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Generated 5/26/2017.

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6 Comments

  1. Mike Sacha

    Wow I remember that card on the right.

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    • 68elcamino427

      Purdin is the only player on the list whom I did not remember.

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      • I don’t think I ever had a baseball card for Nick Willhite so I don’t have any memory of him. He pitched quite a game and I’d had looked it up if not for John Purdin grabbing my attention.

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        • 68elcamino427

          He was included in a series of artists renditions of team portraits given away at the 76 gas stations. There was a 76 station on the corner near my house and I collected them all.
          I put them in a manila envelope.

          Later, 76 took the same pictures and put them in plastic cups.
          They were pretty sturdy, we used them at home.
          When one finally got damaged, I took them out of circulation .

          Somehow these survived the remodel of the bedroom closet when I went to college.

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