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Sandy Koufax    \KOE-facks\

Sanford Koufax (The Left Arm of God)
born Sanford Braun

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY
High School: Lafayette HS (Brooklyn, NY)
Schools: Columbia University (New York, NY), University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent (bonus baby) in 1954. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 24, 1955 (Age 19.176)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season [*]
Team: Dodgers 1955-1966

Final Game: October 2, 1966 (Age 30.276)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1972 (344/396 ballots).
   View Sandy Koufax Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1955 BRO NL 19 P 12 5 2 41.2 8 1 6 1 0 .875 1.51 0.58 .950 2.05 2.02 1 1 50% 44% 0
1956 BRO NL 20 P 16 10 0 58.2 7 4 3 0 0 1.000 1.07 0.44 .966 2.06 2.03 2 1 33% 41% 1
1957 BRO NL 21 P 34 13 2 104.1 8 3 4 1 0 .875 0.60 0.21 .962 2.06 2.08 5 1 17% 39% 1
1958 LAD NL 22 P 40 26 5 158.2 28 6 21 1 3 .964 1.53 0.68 .955 1.97 1.96 3 1 25% 39% 0
1959 LAD NL 23 P 35 23 6 153.1 21 4 16 1 1 .952 1.17 0.57 .954 1.99 1.97 1 2 67% 38% 0
1960 LAD NL 24 P 37 26 7 175.0 24 6 18 0 1 1.000 1.23 0.65 .962 2.09 2.08 5 6 55% 40% 0
1961 LAD NL 25 P 42 35 15 255.2 35 7 26 2 2 .943 1.16 0.79 .959 2.18 2.15 6 7 54% 38% 0 AS,MVP-18
1962 LAD NL 26 P 28 26 11 184.1 21 3 16 2 0 .905 0.93 0.68 .948 2.07 2.05 5 3 38% 34% 0 AS,MVP-24
1963 LAD NL 27 P 40 40 20 311.0 41 4 34 3 1 .927 1.10 0.95 .951 2.06 2.06 11 1 8% 42% 0 AS,CYA-1,MVP-1
1964 LAD NL 28 P 29 28 15 223.0 29 9 18 2 1 .931 1.09 0.93 .953 2.14 2.13 5 6 55% 40% 1 AS,CYA-3,MVP-17
1965 LAD NL 29 P 43 41 27 335.2 46 10 36 0 2 1.000 1.23 1.07 .956 2.08 2.08 16 4 20% 36% 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
1966 LAD NL 30 P 41 41 27 323.0 38 7 30 1 2 .974 1.03 0.90 .947 1.96 1.96 13 5 28% 40% 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
12 Seasons P 397 314 137 2324.1 306 64 228 14 13 .954 1.13 0.74 .954 2.06 2.05 73 38 34% 39% 5
12 Seasons TOT 397 314 137 2324.1 306 64 228 14 13 .954 1.13 0.74 .954 2.06 2.05 73 38 34% 39% 5
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1955 BRO NL 19 P
1956 BRO NL 20 P
1957 BRO NL 21 P
1958 LAD NL 22 P
1959 LAD NL 23 P
1960 LAD NL 24 P
1961 LAD NL 25 P
1962 LAD NL 26 P
1963 LAD NL 27 P
1964 LAD NL 28 P
1965 LAD NL 29 P
1966 LAD NL 30 P
12 Seasons P
12 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1955 BRO NL 19 12 5 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 BRO NL 20 16 10 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 BRO NL 21 34 13 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1958 LAD NL 22 40 26 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 LAD NL 23 35 23 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 LAD NL 24 37 26 37 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 LAD NL 25 42 35 42 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 LAD NL 26 28 26 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 LAD NL 27 40 40 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 LAD NL 28 29 28 29 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 LAD NL 29 43 41 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 LAD NL 30 41 41 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Seasons 397 314 397 397 397 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1955 BRO NL 19 183 70% 28% 8 88% 0 1 1 0 6 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1956 BRO NL 20 261 80% 22% 5 80% 0 4 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1957 BRO NL 21 444 64% 16% 12 50% 0 3 1 1 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 40%
1958 LAD NL 22 713 69% 21% 22 86% 1 6 1 3 17 10 4 1 0 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 7 71%
1959 LAD NL 23 677 63% 19% 16 75% 1 3 0 3 13 8 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 7 57%
1960 LAD NL 24 753 63% 19% 25 88% 1 6 3 3 19 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 67%
1961 LAD NL 25 1068 68% 23% 32 88% 0 7 2 3 26 21 3 2 0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 7 86%
1962 LAD NL 26 743 65% 21% 22 82% 0 3 1 2 17 14 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 60%
1963 LAD NL 27 1208 71% 25% 43 81% 1 6 2 3 35 31 1 3 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 1 15 60%
1964 LAD NL 28 870 71% 23% 24 88% 0 11 1 9 22 20 0 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 4 50%
1965 LAD NL 29 1295 67% 19% 38 95% 1 9 1 8 37 29 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 8 88%
1966 LAD NL 30 1274 71% 18% 27 89% 0 7 0 6 26 19 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 5 80%
12 Seasons 9489 68% 21% 274 85% 5 66 15 43 226 179 22 14 1 3 10 10 13 7 7 6 75 69%
MLB Averages 80% 27% 90% 82%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

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