Friday, July 16, 2010
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is unarguably one of the most talented pitchers in the history of baseball. Regrettably, health problems forced him to walk away from the game at the peak of his career.
The 1966 season was both his finest- and final- campaign of his abbreviated career. Koufax won his third Cy Young in four years when he went 27-9 with a 1.73 ERA and 317 K's.
With arthritis continuing to make pitching and daily life increasingly painful, the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty walked away from the game at just 30 years of age. Koufax's 165-87 record, 2.76 ERA and 2,376 strikeouts in just 2,324 innings made him a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee.