The classic form on the
Met Stadium mound,
Oct. 14, 1965...casting a
legendary shadow on that
early fall day.
If I hadn't been knee-high to a grasshopper, I would have been glued to the TV set watching this contest, forty miles away. Now, only videos like this Hall of Fame bio clip give an idea of his dominance of hitters like Oliva and Allison in that series.
Facing down Tony-O in Game 7. After the series, Tony
requested an eye check, worrying over why he wasn't
seeing the ball so well. "Tony," he was told, "it's not
your eyes - - it was Koufax."
It would have been nice for the franchise to not have to wait another 22 years to gain their first World's Championship. Ah well. The Chicago Cubs are still waiting to play their first World Series game since '45.
|Koufax' emergence as the top pitcher of his era can be traced to a spring training game versus the |
Twins in the spring of 1961.See the Baseball Digest story narrative from October, '61 at Google books.
(With thanks to ace photographer, Walter Iooss)
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