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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).
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 20, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #13. Bob Feller… #14. Ed Walsh… #15. Bert Blyleven… #16. SANDY KOUFAX… #17. Roger Clemens… #18. Jim Palmer… #19. Pedro Martinez… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1955 19 BRO NL 2 2 .500 3.02 12 5 4 2 2 0 41.2 33 15 14 2 28 1 30 1 1 2 183 136 3.64 1.464 7.1 0.4 6.0 6.5 1.07
1956 20 BRO NL 2 4 .333 4.91 16 10 1 0 0 0 58.2 66 37 32 10 29 0 30 0 2 1 261 82 5.05 1.619 10.1 1.5 4.4 4.6 1.03
1957 21 BRO NL 5 4 .556 3.88 34 13 12 2 0 0 104.1 83 49 45 14 51 1 122 2 0 5 444 106 3.39 1.284 7.2 1.2 4.4 10.5 2.39
1958 22 LAD NL 11 11 .500 4.48 40 26 7 5 0 1 158.2 132 89 79 19 105 6 131 1 0 17 714 93 4.38 1.494 7.5 1.1 6.0 7.4 1.25
1959 23 LAD NL 8 6 .571 4.05 35 23 6 6 1 2 153.1 136 74 69 23 92 4 173 0 1 5 679 105 4.04 1.487 8.0 1.4 5.4 10.2 1.88
1960 24 LAD NL 8 13 .381 3.91 37 26 7 7 2 1 175.0 133 83 76 20 100 6 197 1 0 9 753 101 3.49 1.331 6.8 1.0 5.1 10.1 1.97
1961 ★ 25 LAD NL 18 13 .581 3.52 42 35 2 15 2 1 255.2 212 117 100 27 96 6 269 3 2 12 1068 122 3.00 1.205 7.5 1.0 3.4 9.5 2.80 AS,MVP-18
1962 ★ 26 LAD NL 14 7 .667 2.54 28 26 2 11 2 1 184.1 134 61 52 13 57 4 216 2 0 3 744 143 2.15 1.036 6.5 0.6 2.8 10.5 3.79 AS,MVP-24
1963 ★ 27 LAD NL 25 5 .833 1.88 40 40 0 20 11 0 311.0 214 68 65 18 58 7 306 3 1 6 1210 159 1.85 0.875 6.2 0.5 1.7 8.9 5.28 AS,CYA-1,MVP-1
1964 ★ 28 LAD NL 19 5 .792 1.74 29 28 1 15 7 1 223.0 154 49 43 13 53 5 223 0 0 9 870 186 2.08 0.928 6.2 0.5 2.1 9.0 4.21 AS,CYA-3,MVP-17
1965 ★ 29 LAD NL 26 8 .765 2.04 43 41 2 27 8 2 335.2 216 90 76 26 71 4 382 5 0 11 1297 160 1.93 0.855 5.8 0.7 1.9 10.2 5.38 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
1966 ★ 30 LAD NL 27 9 .750 1.73 41 41 0 27 5 0 323.0 241 74 62 19 77 4 317 0 0 7 1274 190 2.07 0.985 6.7 0.5 2.1 8.8 4.12 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
12 Yrs 165 87 .655 2.76 397 314 44 137 40 9 2324.1 1754 806 713 204 817 48 2396 18 7 87 9497 131 2.69 1.106 6.8 0.8 3.2 9.3 2.93
162 Game Avg. 16 8 .655 2.76 38 30 4 13 4 1 222 168 77 68 20 78 5 229 2 1 8 908 131 2.69 1.106 6.8 0.8 3.2 9.3 2.93
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1955 19 BRO NL 41.2 12 5 15 3.24 4.41 0.40 0.00 102.2 4.10 5 0.5 .3 -0.1 0.9 8 .542 .503 $6,000
1956 20 BRO NL 58.2 16 10 37 5.68 4.40 0.59 0.00 107.4 4.09 -9 -1.0 .2 0.0 -0.3 -5 .440 .494 $6,000
1957 21 BRO NL 104.1 34 13 49 4.23 4.26 0.20 0.00 108.2 4.40 3 0.3 1.0 -0.1 1.3 13 .509 .502
1958 22 LAD NL 158.2 40 26 89 5.05 4.60 -0.15 0.00 100.7 4.78 -4 -0.4 .9 -0.1 1.1 12 .490 .497
1959 23 LAD NL 153.1 35 23 74 4.34 4.42 -0.01 0.00 107.3 4.75 6 0.6 1.8 -0.1 2.1 23 .517 .504 $14,000
1960 24 LAD NL 175.0 37 26 83 4.27 4.10 0.18 0.05 105.6 4.19 -2 -0.2 1.6 -0.1 1.5 16 .495 .499 $19,000
1961 ★ 25 LAD NL 255.2 42 35 117 4.12 4.54 -0.20 0.06 107.2 5.15 28 3.0 1.6 -0.1 5.7 57 .572 .519 $18,500 AS,MVP-18
1962 ★ 26 LAD NL 184.1 28 26 61 2.98 4.43 -0.07 0.07 91.5 4.18 24 2.6 .1 -0.1 4.4 44 .593 .516 $27,500 AS,MVP-24
1963 ★ 27 LAD NL 311.0 40 40 68 1.97 3.77 -0.15 0.06 94.1 3.75 59 7.7 -0.2 10.7 89 .693 .548 $35,000 AS,CYA-1,MVP-1
1964 ★ 28 LAD NL 223.0 29 28 49 1.98 4.03 0.03 0.06 92.3 3.75 41 5.2 3.1 -0.1 7.4 65 .680 .532 $70,000 AS,CYA-3,MVP-17
1965 ★ 29 LAD NL 335.2 43 41 90 2.41 3.97 0.30 0.06 93.1 3.48 40 4.9 1.9 -0.2 8.1 71 .613 .530 $110,000 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
1966 ★ 30 LAD NL 323.0 41 41 74 2.06 4.06 -0.07 0.07 90.8 3.82 60 7.4 -0.2 10.3 92 .681 .546 $125,000 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
12 Seasons 2324.1 397 314 806 3.12 4.18 0.02 0.05 97.9 4.12 249 30.7 1.1 -1.1 53.2 484 .577 .518 $431,000

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1959 ❍ 23 LAD NL WS W CHW 0 1 .000 1.00 2 1 0 0 0 0 9.0 5 1 1 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 31 0.667 5.0 0.0 1.0 7.0 7.00
1963 ❍ MVP 27 LAD NL WS W NYY 2 0 1.000 1.50 2 2 0 2 0 0 18.0 12 3 3 2 3 0 23 0 0 0 69 0.833 6.0 1.0 1.5 11.5 7.67
1965 ❍ MVP 29 LAD NL WS W MIN 2 1 .667 0.38 3 3 0 2 2 0 24.0 13 2 1 0 5 0 29 0 0 0 87 0.750 4.9 0.0 1.9 10.9 5.80
1966 30 LAD NL WS L BAL 0 1 .000 1.50 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 6 4 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 26 1.333 9.0 0.0 3.0 3.0 1.00
4 Yrs (4 Series) 4 3 .571 0.95 8 7 0 4 2 0 57.0 36 10 6 2 11 1 61 0 0 0 213 0.825 5.7 0.3 1.7 9.6 5.55
4 WS 4 3 .571 0.95 8 7 0 4 2 0 57.0 36 10 6 2 11 1 61 0 0 0 213 0.825 5.7 0.3 1.7 9.6 5.55

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1955 19 BRO NL 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1956 20 BRO NL 16 19 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 .118 .211 .118 .328 -11 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
1957 21 BRO NL 34 27 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
1958 22 LAD NL 40 55 49 2 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 26 .122 .140 .143 .283 -26 7 0 0 5 0 0 1
1959 23 LAD NL 35 58 54 3 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 29 .111 .143 .167 .310 -20 9 0 0 2 0 0 1
1960 24 LAD NL 37 64 57 1 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 28 .123 .167 .123 .289 -21 7 1 0 4 0 0 1
1961 ★ 25 LAD NL 42 94 77 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 1 9 35 .065 .163 .065 .228 -38 5 0 0 8 0 0 1 AS,MVP-18
1962 ★ 26 LAD NL 28 73 69 1 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 42 .087 .113 .130 .243 -33 9 3 0 2 0 0 1 AS,MVP-24
1963 ★ 27 LAD NL 40 124 110 3 7 0 0 1 7 0 0 6 51 .064 .111 .091 .202 -39 10 2 0 7 1 0 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-1
1964 ★ 28 LAD NL 29 81 74 3 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 32 .095 .141 .095 .236 -30 7 1 1 3 0 0 1 AS,CYA-3,MVP-17
1965 ★ 29 LAD NL 43 127 113 4 20 2 0 0 7 0 0 10 44 .177 .242 .195 .437 29 22 2 0 3 1 0 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
1966 ★ 30 LAD NL 41 124 118 5 9 3 0 0 5 0 0 5 57 .076 .113 .102 .215 -37 12 1 0 0 1 0 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
12 Yrs 397 858 776 26 75 9 0 2 28 0 1 43 386 .097 .145 .116 .261 -26 90 10 1 35 3 0
162 Game Avg. 162 350 317 11 31 4 0 1 11 0 0 18 158 .097 .145 .116 .261 -26 37 4 0 14 1 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1955 19 BRO NL 12 12 -3 0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .481 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 $6,000 1
1956 20 BRO NL 16 19 -3 0 0 0 2 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 -0.0 -0 $6,000 1
1957 21 BRO NL 34 27 -7 -0 0 0 3 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .487 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -4 1
1958 22 LAD NL 40 55 -10 -0 0 0 6 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .490 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -4 1
1959 23 LAD NL 35 58 -9 0 0 0 7 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .494 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $14,000 1
1960 24 LAD NL 37 64 -10 -1 -0 0 7 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .489 .497 -0.4 -0.0 -4 $19,000 1
1961 ★ 25 LAD NL 42 94 -17 -1 0 0 11 -6 -0.7 0 -6 -0.7 .484 .496 -0.7 -0.0 -6 $18,500 1 AS,MVP-18
1962 ★ 26 LAD NL 28 73 -13 -0 -1 0 9 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .481 .497 -0.5 0.0 -5 $27,500 1 AS,MVP-24
1963 ★ 27 LAD NL 40 124 -20 -0 -0 0 14 -6 -0.8 0 -6 -0.8 .481 .495 -0.8 0.0 -6 $35,000 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-1
1964 ★ 28 LAD NL 29 81 -13 -0 0 0 9 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .487 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 $70,000 1 AS,CYA-3,MVP-17
1965 ★ 29 LAD NL 43 127 -9 -0 -0 0 15 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 .512 .503 0.5 0.0 5 $110,000 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
1966 ★ 30 LAD NL 41 124 -19 0 1 0 13 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .486 .496 -0.6 0.0 -5 $125,000 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-2
12 Seasons 397 858 -133 -3 0 0 97 -38 -4.2 0 -38 -4.2 .489 .498 -4.2 0.0 -38 $431,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1959 ❍ 23 LAD NL WS CHW W 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 ❍ MVP 27 LAD NL WS NYY W 2 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 ❍ MVP 29 LAD NL WS MIN W 3 10 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 .111 .200 .111 .311 1 0 0 0 0 0
1966 30 LAD NL WS BAL L 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 8 20 19 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 .053 .100 .053 .153 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 WS 8 20 19 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 .053 .100 .053 .153 1 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1972 BBWAA (86.9%)
Selected to HOF in 1972 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1961 NL (18, 2%)
1962 NL (24, 1%)
1963 NL (1, 85%)
1964 NL (17, 3%)
1965 NL (2, 63%)
1966 NL (2, 74%)
1 MVP
2.28 Career Shares (73rd)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1963 ML (1, 100%)
1964 ML (3, 5%)
1965 ML (1, 100%)
1966 ML (1, 100%)
3 Cy Youngs
3.05 Career Shares (10th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1962 June NL Player of the Month

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1963 NL  9.9 (3rd)
1964 NL  7.1 (8th)
1965 NL  8.6 (4th)
1966 NL  9.8 (1st)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1961 NL  5.7 (2nd)
1963 NL  10.7 (1st)
1964 NL  7.4 (2nd)
1965 NL  8.1 (4th)
1966 NL  10.3 (1st)
Career  53.2 (82nd)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1961 NL  3.52 (7th)
1962 NL  2.54 (1st)
1963 NL  1.88 (1st)
1964 NL  1.74 (1st)
1965 NL  2.04 (1st)
1966 NL  1.73 (1st)
Career  2.76 (95th)

Wins s c a p y
1961 NL  18 (4th)
1963 NL  25 (1st)
1964 NL  19 (4th)
1965 NL  26 (1st)
1966 NL  27 (1st)
Career  165 (203rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1962 NL  .667 (6th)
1963 NL  .833 (2nd)
1964 NL  .792 (1st)
1965 NL  .765 (1st)
1966 NL  .750 (2nd)
Career  .655 (23rd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1961 NL  1.205 (4th)
1962 NL  1.036 (1st)
1963 NL  0.875 (1st)
1964 NL  0.928 (1st)
1965 NL  0.855 (1st)
1966 NL  0.985 (2nd)
Career  1.106 (24th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1958 NL  7.487 (2nd)
1960 NL  6.840 (2nd)
1961 NL  7.463 (1st)
1962 NL  6.543 (1st)
1963 NL  6.193 (1st)
1964 NL  6.215 (1st)
1965 NL  5.792 (1st)
1966 NL  6.715 (2nd)
Career  6.792 (3rd)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1963 NL  1.679 (5th)
1965 NL  1.904 (6th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1958 NL  7.431 (2nd)
1960 NL  10.131 (1st)
1961 NL  9.469 (1st)
1962 NL  10.546 (1st)
1963 NL  8.855 (2nd)
1964 NL  9.000 (1st)
1965 NL  10.242 (1st)
1966 NL  8.833 (1st)
Career  9.278 (10th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1961 NL  255.7 (4th)
1963 NL  311.0 (3rd)
1965 NL  335.7 (1st)
1966 NL  323.0 (1st)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1957 NL  122 (9th)
1958 NL  131 (6th)
1959 NL  173 (3rd)
1960 NL  197 (2nd)
1961 NL  269 (1st)
1962 NL  216 (2nd)
1963 NL  306 (1st)
1964 NL  223 (4th)
1965 NL  382 (1st)
1966 NL  317 (1st)
Career  2,396 (42nd)

Games Started s c a p y
1961 NL  35 (4th)
1963 NL  40 (3rd)
1965 NL  41 (2nd)
1966 NL  41 (1st)

Complete Games s c a p y
1961 NL  15 (2nd)
1963 NL  20 (2nd)
1964 NL  15 (6th)
1965 NL  27 (1st)
1966 NL  27 (1st)

Shutouts s c a p y
1955 NL  2 (7th)
1962 NL  2 (10th)
1963 NL  11 (1st)
1964 NL  7 (1st)
1965 NL  8 (2nd)
1966 NL  5 (1st)
Career  40 (44th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1961 NL  27 (6th)
1965 NL  26 (5th)
Career  204 (207th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1958 NL  105 (2nd)
1959 NL  92 (4th)
1960 NL  100 (3rd)
1961 NL  96 (5th)
1965 NL  71 (10th)
1966 NL  77 (7th)
Career  817 (232nd)

Hits s c a p y
1966 NL  241 (8th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1961 NL  2.802 (1st)
1962 NL  3.790 (2nd)
1963 NL  5.276 (1st)
1964 NL  4.208 (2nd)
1965 NL  5.380 (1st)
1966 NL  4.117 (4th)
Career  2.933 (54th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1962 NL  0.635 (7th)
1963 NL  0.521 (10th)
1964 NL  0.525 (8th)
1965 NL  0.697 (10th)
1966 NL  0.529 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
1961 NL  13 (7th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1961 NL  100 (8th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1957 NL  5 (9th)
1958 NL  17 (1st)
1960 NL  9 (4th)
1961 NL  12 (2nd)
1964 NL  9 (10th)
1965 NL  11 (7th)
Career  87 (152nd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1961 NL  1,068 (3rd)
1963 NL  1,210 (3rd)
1965 NL  1,297 (1st)
1966 NL  1,274 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1961 NL  122 (5th)
1962 NL  143 (4th)
1963 NL  159 (2nd)
1964 NL  186 (1st)
1965 NL  160 (3rd)
1966 NL  190 (1st)
Career  131 (36th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1961 NL  3.00 (1st)
1962 NL  2.15 (1st)
1963 NL  1.85 (1st)
1964 NL  2.08 (1st)
1965 NL  1.93 (1st)
1966 NL  2.07 (1st)
Career  2.69 (46th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1961 NL  19 (5th)
1962 NL  24 (8th)
1963 NL  46 (1st)
1964 NL  41 (1st)
1965 NL  48 (2nd)
1966 NL  60 (1st)
Career  241 (52nd)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1961 NL  1.9 (5th)
1962 NL  2.5 (8th)
1963 NL  5.4 (1st)
1964 NL  4.7 (1st)
1965 NL  5.5 (2nd)
1966 NL  6.9 (1st)
Career  27.3 (42nd)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1961 NL  18.83 (7th)
1962 NL  27.70 (9th)
1963 NL  60.48 (1st)
1964 NL  45.72 (2nd)
1965 NL  56.23 (1st)
1966 NL  68.04 (1st)
Career  267.41 (29th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1961 NL  1.7 (10th)
1962 NL  3.5 (3rd)
1963 NL  7.8 (1st)
1964 NL  5.7 (1st)
1965 NL  8.3 (1st)
1966 NL  8.0 (1st)
Career  34.0 (21st)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1961 NL  1.7 (5th)
1962 NL  3.8 (3rd)
1963 NL  7.2 (1st)
1964 NL  5.6 (2nd)
1965 NL  6.8 (1st)
1966 NL  7.2 (1st)
Career  31.3 (22nd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1961 NL  1.9 (7th)
1962 NL  3.1 (8th)
1963 NL  7.8 (1st)
1964 NL  5.7 (2nd)
1965 NL  6.8 (1st)
1966 NL  8.5 (1st)
Career  32.8 (21st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1960 NL  1.000 (1st)
1965 NL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1955 NL  born 1935-12-30 (3rd)
1956 NL  born 1935-12-30 (7th)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 78 (12), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 151 (94), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 227 (17), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 46 (48), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (85th), 49.0 career WAR/46.1 7yr-peak WAR/47.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

  • December 14, 1954: Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).
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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1955 19 Brooklyn Dodgers $6,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1956 20 Brooklyn Dodgers $6,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1959 23 Los Angeles Dodgers $14,000 ? 2/10/60 TSN and BJHA
1960 24 Los Angeles Dodgers $19,000 ? Koufax autobiography 2/10/60 TSN: $17,000
1961 25 Los Angeles Dodgers $18,500 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1962 26 Los Angeles Dodgers $27,500 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1963 27 Los Angeles Dodgers $35,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1964 28 Los Angeles Dodgers $70,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1965 29 Los Angeles Dodgers $110,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
1966 30 Los Angeles Dodgers $125,000 ? Bill James Historical Abstract
Career to date (may be incomplete)$431,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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