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:
Hearing that 9th inning again gets me misty.
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.
Randy Wolf knocks in the only two runs and throws seven brilliant innings on Friday! What a great early birthday present he gave himself! Randy Wolf’s birthday was Saturday 8/22. He along with Jeff Weaver share a birthday. they both turn 33.
Saturday was a Fox sport game and what a performance by the knucleballer Charlie Haeger! He baffled the Cubs. Charlie went seven innings. Closer Jonathan Broxton came in in the eight but Joe Torre explained that it was only so Broxton could face the same guys he faced the prior night. George Sherrill closed the game in the nine. Final score: Dodgers 2, Cubs 0. The two runs came as a result of two homeruns, one by Casey Blake and Matt Kemp. . Speaking of Kemp…
MATT KEMP. Wow Matt! Matt Kemp hit one out of the ballpark! It went out of the Dodger bullpen. I could see fan running in front of the gift shop in that area after the ball. The ball travelled 449 feet.
Prior to that there have been only three players that have hit homeruns out of Dodger Stadium. They are:
Willie Stargell is the only person to ever hit two home runs out of Dodger Stadium. His first was a 506 foot bomb off of pitcher Alan Foster on August 5th 1969, and the other was a 470 foot shot off of Andy Messersmith on May 8th 1973.
It wasn’t for over 30 years before Mike Piazza became the second player and only Dodger (until yesterday) to ever hit a home run out of the park. On September 21st 1997, Mike Piazza hit a 478 foot home run off of San Francisco Giant pitcher Mike Lansing.
July 17th 1998, Mark McGwire hit the longest home run at 511 ft over the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium against pitcher Brian Bohanon.
Meet one of our ushers in the Top Deck: Leonard is a true Dodger fan! Check out his tatoo!
Check out the tatoo! It says “Usher 2001 – 20XX ” “I Bleed Dodger Blue”
First of all, great win last night against the Cubs! Weaver who started for the injured Hiroki Kuroda, kept us in the game going 51/3 innings. His ERA as a starter is now 3.13. Good job Weaver!! Russell who has been struggling, hit a grand slam in the 6th! We asked for a curtain call. Keep it going Russ!
At 8:09 PM, I get a message that there is a new comment in my blog. The message was from ADucker at http://dodgerstrends.mlblogs.com/ If you have not checked his blog, check it out! He gives some great analysis with supporting statistics!. I have never met ADucker who lives in Delaware, but I guess he has seen a few of my pictures. anyway he posted the following comment:
It was so cold when I got to Chicago on Wednesday that I bought me a coat. Guess what color? Dodger blue baby! We went to Numero Uno for dinner. Good pizza! We felt guilty after having the pizza so we went to work on the threadmill while watching our Lakers win!
Thursday, after having lunch at the hotel we went to John Hancock observatory. Wow 96th floor! My ears were popping! Beautiful view from there and I loved all the history.
We got to the friendly confines, Wrigley Field in time for BP. Before going in we walked around the park. Take a look at this picture from a local bar:
Too funny using Manny’s name! Z has been suspended for 6 games.
Entering this series, the Cubs and Dodgers franchises have split their 2,024 games against each other!
Two Randy’s on the mound for the first game: lefty Randy Wolf against righty Randy Wells.
I was on the edge on my seat in the 9th inning when the baby bears had the bases loaded with one out. Our closer was not on the mound as he had thrown 36 pitches the day before so Troncoso was on the mound. Tron pitched the 8 & the 9th. Dodgers win 2-1! El Lobo picked the win!
We met Dodger fans from Whittier, CA; The San Fernando valley; and ran into two Dodger Lady fans from the Booster Club! They recognized me from the meetings. I kept score but 😦 I lost my program and not only that, I lost one of my Dodger earrings :-(( but we won the first game!!! :-).
Friday’s matchup: Lefty Ted Lilly against our righty Chad Billinsgley.