October 2nd, 2012

Dandy Sandy

October 2, 1963 – Sandy Koufax set a single-game World Series record with 15 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees in the opening game of the 1963 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Koufax surpassed the previous mark of 14 strikeouts set by Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine against the Yankees in the 1953 World Series. Erskine was in attendance and congratulated Koufax in the clubhouse after the game. The Dodgers would sweep the Yankees in the 1963 Fall Classic, Koufax capping the title with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Dodger Stadium. Of the six World Series titles in club history, the 1963 victory is the only Dodger championship clinched in their home ballpark.