Third in a series. Fifty years, two months and three days ago, before 29,797 “starry-eyed fans” in the City of Angels, a young southpaw by the name of Sandy Koufax threw the first of his four no-hitters, beating the expansion New York Mets, 5-0.
The use of the word “perfecto” in the subtitle below is curious, since Koufax walked five, struck out 13, and with two double-plays, pitched to not 27 but 30 batters total, but perhaps the term was used differently in those days. Anyone with knowledge of that little bit of trivia is encouraged to enlighten us in the comments section below.
The win gave Los Angeles a 51-29 record, good for second place, a half game behind the eventual pennant-winning San Francisco Giants. Casey Stengel’s Mets landed at 20-53 after the Saturday evening loss, already 28 games out.
With only the legible sections of Frank Finch’s Los Angeles Times game story posted below, you’ll notice the reminder about Bo Belinsky’s May 5 no-hitter being the first in the new stadium at Chavez Ravine, a note about Koufax’s being the first no-no by a Dodgers’ left-hander since Nap Rucker in 1908, and that Sandy’s was the first no-hitter in the NL since Warren Spahn pitched one against the Giants, April 28, 1961.
L.A. scored four in the first to send out Bob Miller to an early shower. After Miller retired the first two batters, Willie Davis tripled and Tommy Davis and Frank Howard each singled. John Roseboro’s double scored two and Larry Burright’s single made it 4-0. Ray Daviault relieved and pitched well, allowing only a Howard homer the rest of the way.
In the ninth, Koufax retired Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl and Felix Mantilla on grounders to sew it up.