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Sandy Koufax

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Sandy Koufax

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax returned to the Dodgers in January 2013 to serve as Special Advisor to Dodgers' Chairman Mark Walter. Koufax attends a portion of Spring Training to work with Dodgers' pitchers and consults with the team throughout the year.

One of the most dominating pitchers in the game's history, Koufax was the first Major Leaguer to pitch four no-hitters, including a perfect game. He was the youngest player (age 36) and the first pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame (1972) who had more strikeouts than innings pitched. In 12 Major League seasons, he had a career record of 165-87, a 2 .76 ERA, 2,396 strikeouts, 137 complete games and 40 shutouts.

Koufax was the MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 1963 and also won Cy Young Awards in 1965 and '66. He was a member of Dodgers' world championship teams in 1955, '59, '63 and '65, earning MVP honors in 1963 and '65, when he pitched two shutouts. His postseason record was 4-3 with a 0 .95 ERA. He was selected to seven consecutive All-Star Games from 1961-66.

From 1962-66, Koufax led the National League in earned run average and shutouts. He was the strikeouts leader four times, setting a single-season mark with 382 in 1965, and had the most wins three times, with totals of 27, 26 and 25.

He was the first pitcher to average fewer than seven hits allowed per nine innings pitched in his career (6 .79) and to strike out more than nine batters (9 .28) per nine innings. He also became the second pitcher in baseball history to have two games with 18 or more strikeouts, and the first to have eight games with 15 or more strikeouts.

In his last 10 seasons, batters hit .203 against him with a .271 on-base percentage and a .315 slugging percentage. Koufax was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote . He is also the only pitcher to win three Cy Young Awards in the era in which the award was presented to one pitcher, rather than one in each league.

On June 4, 1972, Koufax's uniform No . 32 was retired alongside those of fellow Dodger greats Roy Campanella (39) and Jackie Robinson (42).

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