Sandy into his windup….

Today September the 9th 2009 is the 44th universary of Sandy Koufax perfect game on September 9, 1965.  

“Two and two to Harvey Kuenn,  one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here’s the pitch: swung on and missed, a perfect game! On the scoreboard in right field it is 9:46 p.m. in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, and a crowd of twenty-nine thousand one-hundred thirty nine just sitting in to see the only pitcher in baseball history to hurl four no-hit, no-run games.”    Vin Scully broadcasting the last inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game at Dodger Stadium on September 9, 1965:

Sandy Koufax throws a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, becoming the first major -league pitcher to throw four no-itters, surpassing the records held by Cy Young, bob Feller and Larry Corcoran.  

Here is Vin’s broadcast of the 9th inning of Sandy Koufax perfect game:

In that game there was the possibility of a double no hitter as Bob Hendley was pitching the game of his life.  He said it was an honor to lose to Sandy.

Here is the line Score:

Team  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E


 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Los Angeles

 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 1 0

Hearing that 9th inning again gets me misty.    

If you’d like to read a transcription of the Scully/Koufax call it is located here:…scully_koufax/

The final batter of the game was Harvey Kuenn who struck out. Did you know that on May 11, 1963 Sandy Koufax threw his second no-hitter  and the final batter retired during that gem was also Harvey Kuenn?  Unluckly guy.    

Bob Hendley  allowed only one hit during the game which set up a record for least amount of hits during a nine inning game by both teams.

Happy Anniversary Sandy!!   Shall I say “Hight Nine!”  
Dodgers won yesterday with a come from behind win!
Tonights game is a good one with Haran against Jon Garland. 
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Happy 9/9/09 everyone!



  1. Buz

    Sandy was absolutely one of my favorite players as a youngster. I recall walking into my best bud John’s house during the summers. His Pop would be fast asleep in front of the tv (if the Dodgers were on).. or lounging in the easy chair listening to… Who else? Vin Scully.

  2. Jane Heller

    Happy 9/9/9 to you too, Emma. And happy anniversary to Koufax. Wow. So it was 44 years ago. He was some pitcher – a one in a million talent. He looked great the last time I saw him on TV (maybe at the HOF induction?). Still handsome and fit.

  3. tom_s

    Hiya Emma
    Yep, Bud was one of my favorite people, too. Always was proud of fact that I was actually the LAST guy he’d hired at The Herald, where he assembled that Murderers’ Row of reporters.
    Tom S.

  4. crzblue2

    ahhh, happy memories…I imagine a hot day with a little breeze and Vin on the radio…
    At 70 something, he still fit and hansome. Maybe we will see him in teh playoffs!
    It was a one hitter! John Kennedy played 3rd base for the Dodgers. i know he played for the Red Sox in the 70’s.
    Really?! Wow! I got to read you more often! You know, Bud Furillo is partially responsible for making me more of a Dodger fan.

  5. raysrenegade

    Another reason to love 9/9/09.
    Sandy Koufax was one of those guys who played by his own rhythm, and the game got better for it.
    I knew there was something else special about this date!
    Always great to remember and celebrate a fantastic moment like that.
    Great revisit into the day that Sandy made some history.

    Rays Renegade

  6. 32and53fan

    Thanks for putting this together Emma. As you know, I am a big Koufax fan. It is always nice to revisit this historic moment.

  7. TribeTed


    Sandy was a player oh my!!

    He must’ve taught the whole team how to pitch!!

    He just got better as he went along in the game:

    and learned hitter’s strengths and weaknesses leading to him exploiting them.\\

    Must’ve sucked to face ole’ Sandy eh?….

    –Ted “TTW/T”


    emma -Although Drysdale was my favorite, I was lucky enough to see Koufax pitch several times, once in the ’59 series. We’ll never see anything like them again.

  9. crzblue2

    Thanks Rays! Hey do you ever run into him? I know he lives in Vero Beach. One of the many reasons why I used to love to go to Vero Beach.
    Hey like Joe Torre who wears #9 says in his tea comercial “It is the right thing to do!” We all love Sandy! I can’t wait to hear what Vin Scully will say about him tonight!

  10. crzblue2

    for a while but a long time ago he was a pitching coach in the minors. Can you imagine? Unfortunately I never saw him pitch. Oh yeah, it must have sucked to face him. I read that one of those hitters in that game went back to the dugout saying something like “forget it man, you can’t hit him.”
    Lucky you! I never got to see him pitch. I would have loved to hav seen both Sandy and Big Don!

  11. crzblue2

    Thank you so much for that youtube! I had not heard it beofre! Wow! that is great! Now I am singing “Dandy, Dandy Sandy.” I wanted to getup and salute but I would look silly doing that at work. Excellent job by Jimmy Durante!
    Go Dodgers!
    Yeah poor Harvey Kuenn! And yes that makes an excellent trivia. Maybe I can stomp someone with it. When I was in SF for the All-Star Fan Fest, my friends and I kept stomping the ESPN crew and getting MLB T-shirts thrown to us. I think I still have some.
    I am enjoying the book (An Ex to Grind,” ). I brought to work and was showing it to one of my friends. She wanted to put it next to her desk and see her husband’s (he works here) reaction to the title. lol.
    See if you can stomp someone with that trivia. We’ll see who goes to the W.S. Ginny. You never know what could happen. My playoff tickets are paid for but I keep getting a credit every year.
    Well, I rather have the Rockies than the Jints there. They can face the Cards and we can face the Phillies. I am a little worry about the injuries lately and Billz performance.

  12. thinkingblue

    GREAT post EMMA…just read and heard Vin’s broadcasting. Wow, that was awsome. I was not around the 1st time it aired but it stills gave me the Happy Chills!

  13. crzblue2

    Thanks. Where I looked they only had that he was from Zulia and I was like “Where is that?” Lots of players come from Venezuela.
    thanks! I love how Vin mentions the date and time in the broadcast. is wonderful that the nine inning was preserved for prosperity. You know that was around the time of the L.A. Riots.

  14. Jonestein

    Great post, Emma! Your guys are sure keeping things interesting in the NL West. I hope Padilla doesn’t infect the Dodger clubhouse with his screwyness…unless of course we have an LAD vs. Texas World Series this year…lol.

  15. TribeTed

    Emma great post.

    The Dodgers love you back!

    And they bleed Dodger blue right back atcha!

    Padilla can surely pitch.. we know that

    just he is a screwball waiting to happen.

    Hope he doesn’t ruin the crap out of the locker room

    don’t want anything like that to happen now do we?

    Good luck and keep it up.

    Great post again! I have a new post up.

    –Ted “TTW/T”

  16. crzblue2

    lol. yeah, we are keeping it interesting and so are you in the ALWild Card race. Padilla is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA since joining the Dodgers! Not too bad ha? good luck with the Wild Card race.
    I have not had a chance to get a new post but with the day off today I’ll work on that when I get home. I’ll check your new post. thanks!

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