Sandy Koufax Perfect Game vs Chicago Cubs
Dugout Line-up Card used by Chicago September 9, 1965
One of my favorite items in my collection is the dugout line-up card used by the Chicago Cubs on Sept 9, 1965, the evening that Sandy Koufax pitched his 4th no-hitter, his perfect game, and still the only perfect game thrown by a Dodger at Dodger Stadium. Whenever I look at the card, I imagine the Cubs' manager examining the card, reviewing his player options as the game progressed, and wondering “who can I put in that can get a hit off this guy?” There were a number of interesting things about the perfect game:
The Cubs, on a road-trip, came into town from Houston for an unusual 1-game scheduled series against the Dodgers. What made this unusual was that this game wasn’t a make-up game for a rain-out, but was part of the original 1965 baseball schedule.
This line-up card was obtained from a stadium usher who was working at the game.
Full Ticket to the Perfect Game - someone missed a great game
Associated Press sports bulletins for Koufax perfect game
sent to various news organizations (before there was an internet)
Koufax 1st Win Full Ticket- Rare Elsie the Borden Cow Ticket Promotion - August 27, 1955
1963 World Series - Dodgers Sweep the Yankees in four games
Original Line-up Cards
Game 1 in NY
Koufax vs Ford
Original line-up cards for Game 1 of the 1963 World Series between the LA Dodgers and NY Yankees, Whitey Ford versus Sandy Koufax. The Dodgers won the first game 5-2, with Koufax setting a then World Series record by striking out 15 batters. The line-up cards are signed by each teams’ respective managers, Walter Alston and Ralph Houk. Umpires were given the original top copy, with each manager providing a signed carbon copy to the opposing team.
The game 1 line-up cards were obtained from the family of Joe Paparella, the home plate umpire for the game.
Game 4 in LA
Ford vs Koufax
Original line-up cards for Game 4 of the 1963 World Series between the LA Dodgers and NY Yankees, Whitey Ford pitching against Sandy Koufax. In game 4, Koufax struck out 8 batters, and while the Dodgers got only 2 hits, it was enough to win 2-1 and complete a 4 game sweep of the Yankees. The line-up cards are signed by each teams’ respective managers, Walter Alston and Ralph Houk. Umpires were given the original top copy, with each manager providing a signed carbon copy to the opposing team.
The game 4 line-up cards marked Final Game 63, (carbons with original ink signatures by both managers), were obtained from the estate of Walter Alston.
DODGERS SWEEP NY
1963 World Series Game-Used Baseball from final game
Sandy Koufax named MVP
In the first game of the 1963 World Series, a 5-2 complete game victory, Koufax struck out 15, a World Series record,
and struck out 8 more in game four, a 2-1 complete game victory, as the Dodgers swept the Yankees. This game-used baseball from the final game is signed by the three starting pitchers and Walter Alston, Manager.
1965 World Series - Game 7 Original Line-up Cards
Dodgers vs Minnesota
Koufax vs Kaat
Original line-up cards for Game 7 of the 1965 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the LA Dodgers. In this game Jim Kaat pitched against Sandy Koufax. Koufax had declined to pitch in game 1 of the World Series that year because it fell on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, and therefore started games 2, 5 and on only 2 days rest, this game 7. He proceeded to pitch a three hit shut-out (his second consecutive shut-out), striking out 10 as the Dodgers won the series 4 games to 3.
These line-up cards were obtained by Alan Rosen (“Mr. Mint”) from the Minnesota Twins bat boy from that time
1st No-hitter, vs New York Met
On June 30, 1962, Sandy Koufax struck out 13 batters and walked five to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to victory over the New York Mets 5-0 with his first career no-hitter. In the first inning, Koufax struck out 3 batters on nine pitches (officially referred to as an immaculate inning), and still holds the major league record for immaculate innings, having done so 3 times.
2nd No-hitter, vs San Francisco Giants
Sandy Koufax tossed the second of his franchise-record four no-hitters on May 11, 1963 against the San Francisco Giants. Koufax was perfect into the eighth inning and issued only two walks in the contest. The left-hander struck out four as the Dodgers won 8-0, buoyed by big days at the plate from Ron Fairly (3-for-5 with three RBIs), Wally Moon (2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs) and John Roseboro (2-for-4 with two RBIs).
3rd No-hitter, vs Philadelphia Phillies
Sandy Koufax becomes the 4th pitcher to hurl 3 no-hitters by blanking the NL-leading Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 at Connie Mack Stadium. Koufax strikes out 12 and walks one. It's Sandy's 3rd consecutive year throwing at least one no-hitter. The biggest threat against Koufax was Allen’s infield chopper in the seventh inning, which was charged and fielded by third baseman Jim Gilliam, who threw Allen out by three steps.