Koufax, Sandy

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Koufax, Sandy

(Sanford Koufax) (kō`făks), 1935–, American baseball player, b. New York City. A superb pitcher, he played (1955–66) with the Dodgers, remaining on the team when the franchise was moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Los Angeles. Three times he received the Cy Young Award for his outstanding pitching (1963, 1965, 1966), and he pitched in four World Series (1959, 1963, 1965–66). A left-hander with overwhelming speed and a brilliant curve, Koufax struck out 2,396 batters between 1955 and 1966, when he was forced into premature retirement by an arm ailment at the peak of his career (he won 26 and 27 games his last two seasons). In 1972 he became the youngest player ever elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


See his autobiography (1966); biographies by E. Gruver (2000) and J. Leavy (2002).

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Koufax, (Sanford) Sandy

(1935–  ) baseball pitcher; born in New York City. One of the greatest left-handers in the history of baseball, he won the Cy Young award three times (1963, 1965, 1966) and pitched four no-hit games during his 12-year career (1955–66) with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. A strikeout artist (2,396), he was forced to retire because of an arthritic left elbow. He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1972.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.