September 9th, 2012

The Perfect Game

On this date in 1965, Sandy Koufax strikes out 14, including the final six batters he faces, in his perfect game and 1-0 victory against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. After Joe Amalfitano fanned for the second out of the ninth inning, he walked toward the dugout and crossed paths with Harvey Kuenn, who told Amalfitano, “I’ll be right back.”

It remains the only perfect game by a Dodger pitcher and nearly was a double no-hitter because Cubs left-hander Bob Hendley allowed just two baserunners – both Lou Johnson, who walked in the fifth and blooped a double to right field in the seventh. Johnson scored in the fifth inning on a sacrifice bunt, stolen base and throwing error.Image