How much is Sandy Koufax worth?
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Pitcher|
|Date of Birth:||December 30, 1935|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Sandy Koufax
- Born: Dec. 30, 1935
- Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Weight: 210 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Left
- Family: Married Anne Widmark (daughter of movie star Richard Widmark) in 1969 but was divorced in the 1980s. Later remarried and divorced again in the 1990s.
- Primary position: Starting pitcher
Before the bigs:
- Koufax attended Lafayette High School in Brooklyn and was better known for his skills in basketball. He was captain his senior year and averaged 16.5 points a game.
- He started out as a left-handed catcher before moving to first base in high school. He didn’t start pitching until he was 17, and that was for an a team in a Coney Island League.
- Koufax attended rgw University of Cincinnati and walked on the freshman basketball team, unknown to then-coach Ed Jucker. That spring he made the varsity baseball team, compiling a 3-1 record with 51 strikeouts in 31 innings.
- He had several tryouts with Major League teams (New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Brooklyn Dodgers). Branch Rickey, then the Pirates general manager, reportedly told a team scout Koufax had the “greatest arm [he had] ever seen.” But the Pirates were late in offering him a contract and by then Koufax had accepted the Dodgers’ offer of a $6,000 salary with a $14,000 signing bonus.
- Was considered a “bonus baby” when he signed with the Dodgers in 1954 because his signing bonus was higher than his salary.
- One of the best left-handed pitchers ever, he was dominant pitcher for the final six of his 12 seasons with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, perhaps the most dominant stretch by a pitcher ever. He retired at age 30 at the peak of his career in 1966 because of arthritis in his left elbow.
- His final six years were by far his best, winning Cy Young Awards in 1963, 1965 and 1966, all by unanimous votes. He was the only pitcher to win such an honor three times during a time when the Cy Young Award was for all of baseball, not in separate leagues. He narrowly missed a fourth such award, finishing third in the Cy Young voting in 1964.
- He was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1963 and finished as runner-up in MVP voting in both 1965 and 1966.
- Koufax was selected to pitch in the All-Star Game for six consecutive seasons (1961-66).
- In each of his three Cy Young-seasons, Koufax led all pitchers in both league in wins, strikeouts and earned run average. He also led the majors in strikeouts during the 1961 season with 269.
- He was the first pitcher in major league history to throw four no-hitters, one of which was the eighth perfect game in history.
- He recorded 2,396 strikeouts in his career, second most among left-handers (Warren Spahn, 2,583) and seventh-most among all pitchers at the time.
- He struggled his first six seasons with the Dodgers, never winning more than 11 games in any year. In his last six seasons, he won 129 games (21.2 per season), including three years of at least 25 wins.
- Koufax had the lowest ERA in the National League in each of his final five seasons in baseball.
- He had a career record of 165-87, including a 36-40 record his first six years.
- On Aug. 31, 1959, Koufax tied the then-MLB record for strikeouts in a game when he fanned 18 batters in a game against the Giants.
- In early 1960 Koufax asked Dodgers GM Buzzie Bavasi for a trade because he wasn’t getting enough innings. At the end of that season (he was 8-13), he contemplated leaving the game and entering an electronics business that he’d invested money in.
- He decided to give baseball one more try. He reported in the best shape of his career, altered a hitch in his windup and went on to strike out a league-high 269 batters, breaking a 58-year-old record of Christy Mathewson (267). He finished with an 18-13 record and made both All-Star Games that year (MLB had two All-Star Games back then}.
- In 1963, Major League Baseball expanded the strike zone. That enabled Koufax to reduce his walks allowed per nine innings from 3.4 in 1961 to 1.7. He led the Dodgers to the pennant, leading the league in wins (25), strikeouts (325) and ERA (1.88) and capturing the first of his three Cy Young Awards.
- Koufax finished the 1963 season with a league-best 11 shutouts, the most he compiled in any one season. Koufax beat Whitey Ford of the Yankees in Games 1 and 4 to clinch the World Series MVP Award and help the Dodgers sweep New York.
- In 1964 he compiled a 19-5 record but saw his season end in mid-August due to arthritis.
- More arm problems in ’65 but he still led the league in wins (26), strikeouts (382) and ERA (2.04). He helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series and made headlines by refusing to pitch in the first game due to his observance of Yom Kippur. He was the losing pitcher in Game 2, but came back with complete game shutouts in Games 5 and 7 to earn his second World Series MVP and lead the Dodgers to another pennant.
- Before the 1966 season, Koufax and teammate Don Drysdale rebuked new contract offers from Bavasi and held out until the last week of spring training before they signed new agreements. Even with a tired arm, Koufax posted career bests of 27 wins (9 losses) and a 1.73 ERA while pitching 323 innings. No left-handed pitcher has had more wins or a lower ERA in a season since then, though Hall of Famer Steve Carlton matched the 27 wins in 1972.
- The year after he retired, Koufax signed a 10-year contract with NBC for $1 million to be a broadcaster on the network’s Saturday Game of the Week. He quit after six years, before the start of the 1973 season.
- Five years after his retirement in 1966, Koufax became the youngest player elected to the Hall of Fame, just weeks after his 36th birthday. He was five months younger than the previous youngest player (Lou Gehrig in 1939). Koufax was the sixth player to achieve the honor of making it in on his first year of eligibility.
- The same year, Koufax’s No. 32 was retired, joining two other Dodger greats – Roy Campanella (39) and Jackie Robinson (42).
- He signed with the Dodgers to be a minor league pitching coach in 1979. He resigned in 1990 amid reports of an uneasy relationship with Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
- Koufax currently serves on the advisory board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping major league, minor league and Negro League players with financial and medical assistance.
- On May 27, 2010, Koufax was among a group of prominent Jewish Americans at the initial White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
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