Is Sandy Koufax due for Freedom Medal?

With Willie Mays and Yogi Berra (alas, posthumously) receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday afternoon, I can't help wondering who's next.  To figure that out, the all-time list of winners is instructive, I think... 1977 - Joe DiMaggio (age 62) 1984 - Jackie Robinson (deceased, 12 years) 1991 - Ted Williams (72) 2002 - Hank Aaron (68) 2003 - Roberto Clemente (d-30...
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Interview with former Mets prospect Jeff Grose: Part 2

INTERVIEW WITH JEFF GROSE: PART 2 Last week in this space we featured part 1 of our discussion with Jeff Grose. We heard about his early days with the Mets, Spring Training memories, and the onset of arm troubles. We wrap up today with his recollections of some of his teammates, the emotional end of his playing days, and yes, baseball cards. Mets360 extends its sincere thanks to...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago news: Ira Berkow to share personal stories about Koufax, Greenberg in special Jewish Baseball Museum event

As part of the lead-up to the opening of the Jewish Baseball Museum in the summer of 2016, we are bringing in Ira Berkow to speak at Milt’s.  Ira surely is the only person living who knew Hank Greenberg (wrote his biography), Moe Berg (mysterious catcher that spied for the OSS during WWII), Jimmie Reese (spent 78 years in baseball 1916-1994) and the great Sandy Koufax.  If you...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandy Koufax's last greatest game

Fifty years after Sandy Koufax pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Championship with shutouts in Games 5 and 7, we invited three of our favorite writers to reflect on Koufax’s singular performance… Jane Leavy: The 1965 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers is remembered chiefly for what didn’t happen: Sandy Koufax did not pitch Game 1...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Remember when: Twins play first World Series game

Fifty years ago -- Oct. 6, 1965 to be precise -- the Minnesota Twins played in their first World Series game. The Twins hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1, which pitted Minnesota's Mudcat Grant against L.A.'s Don Drysdale, who was filling in for Sandy Koufax, who was sitting out due to the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur falling on that date. While Los Angeles struck first on a second...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and Other 300 Strikeout Seasons

This Sunday, Clayton Kershaw has a shot to become the first pitcher to rack up 300 strikeouts in a season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling turned the trick back in 2002. He needs just six strikeouts to get there, so theoretically he could do it by the end of the second inning. He and his Dodgers brethren will be squaring off against the Padres, one of the strikeout-ingest teams...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Sandy Koufax And The Yom Kippur Debacle

October 6, 1965. Yom Kippur night. It just so happened that game one of the 1965 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins fell on this night at Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota with nearly 48,000 people in the stands. They were all waiting to see Dodgers starter Sandy Koufax, but what they got instead was Don Drysdale. What the heck was manager Walter...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

50 years ago: Koufax perfect against Cubs; Scully’s classic call

It is rare that two iconic figures achieve perfection on the same night. Yet on Sept. 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully both had the signature moments on their great careers. Koufax’s years of dominance were a blip compared to the ageless Scully. However, the memories of his brilliance on the mound will endure forever. Perhaps, it never got any better than on that night at Dodger...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Dodgers' Koufax tosses perfect game, strikes out 14 Cubs

You literally can't get better than perfect, but Sandy Koufax certainly tried. On Sept. 9, 1965, Koufax pitched the eighth perfect game in major-league history. And the left-hander struck out 14 Chicago Cubs in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1-0 win. It was his fourth career no-hitter. Every batter in the Cubs lineup struck out at least once, with the exception of shortstop Don Kessinger...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Tentative MLB Schedules Released

On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball released its tentative 2016 season schedule and it will start on April 3rd with the Sunday Night Baseball telecast. The matchup will be announced at a later date. Thirteen games will occur on April 4th including a matchup between the Reds and Phillies, as well as six divisional matchups and an interleague matchup between the Royals and...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Dodger Pitcher Is Leading The Cy Young Race?

Jackie Robinson‘s debut came way back in 1947, and that seems like as good a line as any to draw between “then” and “now.” Since then, there have been 5,362 qualified pitcher-seasons. Let’s rank the top 15 by ERA: 1.12 — Bob Gibson, 1968 1.53 — Dwight Gooden, 1985 1.56 — Greg Maddux, 1994 1.60 — Luis Tiant, 1968 1.61 — Zack Greinke, 2015 1.63 — Maddux, 1995...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Q & A with 2015 Los Angeles Angels Hall of Fame Inductee Dean Chance by Rob Goldman

Goldman: What are your feelings about going into the Angels Hall of Fame this weekend? Chance: I feel great about it. I’ll be there with Eli Grba, Bobby Knoop, equipment man Bob Case, batboy Scotty Keene, and a few more who were there in the old days reliving all the memories of the Angels and the early 60’s.  Goldman: What are some of your favorite memories of those...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Juan Marichal attacks John Roseboro with a bat

There are basebrawls, and then there are basebrawls. On this date in 1965, San Francisco Giants right-hander Juan Marichal attacked Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat. The assault opened a cut on Roseboro's head that would require stitches, and it led to a wild benches-clearing incident between the teams. So, what caused all this? The longtime rivals were battling...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Bucket list moment: Speaking about my Babe Ruth Called Shot book at Cooperstown

So I am walking through the various galleries at the Baseball Hall of Fame on a Wednesday morning, looking at Stan Musial’s locker and Sandy Koufax’s jersey, when all of the sudden I hear my name on the loud speaker. “Come hear author Ed Sherman talk about his book on Babe Ruth’s Called Shot in the Bullpen Theater at 1,” the voice said. Never in my wildest dreams did I...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson’s Best Strikeout Seasons

If Clayton Kershaw continues his torrid strikeout pace for the final two months of the season, he has an outside shot at becoming baseball’s first 300-strikeout pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling both whiffed over 300 for the 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks. That was the Big Unit’s fifth consecutive season joining one of the more exclusive clubs in baseball. Since 1900...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cubs Nearly 50 Year Streak Has Come to an End

   On September 9, 1965 the Chicago Cubs were no hit by Sandy Koufax. Since then, the Cubs have played 7,920 games without being no hit. That was not only the longest active streak in baseball without being no hit, it was the longest streak period. No other team was close. Alas, that streak came to an end today when Cole Hamels no hit the Cubs. I had the unfortunate pleasure of...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Hilarious Cubs Twitter Account Loses Mind As Cole Hamels Throws No-Hitter

Cole Hamels made history Saturday at Wrigley Field when he became the first pitcher to no-hit the Chicago Cubs since Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the team in 1965. The Chicago Cubs had recorded a hit in 7,920 consecutive games — or nearly 50 years — entering Saturday, the longest streak in Major League baseball history. One rabid Cubs fan devoted to bringing awareness...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies’ Cole Hamels First Pitcher To No-Hits Cubs In Record 50 Years (Video)

7,920. That’s how many games the Chicago Cubs had played since last being no-hit by legendary Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, who tossed a perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965. The streak was the longest in baseball history, spanning nearly 50 years. Cole Hamels changed that Saturday. The Philadelphia Phillies’ left-handed ace pitched a gem of his own at Wrigley...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A Fond Farewell? Cole Hamels No-Hits Chicago Cubs

The last time the Chicago Cubs had a no-hitter thrown against them, by Sandy Koufax in 1965, they had Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Ernie Banks in the heart of their lineup. Time will tell what the future holds for Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, and Chris Denorfia, but at least they’ve matched the Cubs legends in one regard: they’ve batter 3-4-5 in a game in which...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez’s dominance of steroid era compares favorably to baseball’s best

Pedro Martinez takes his place among the greatest players off all-time Sunday when he’s inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez, who spent the bulk of his career with the Boston Red Sox, obviously is among the most dominant pitchers in the history of the game. We decided to take a look at just how dominant Martinez was in his era compared to other legendary...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Network talks with baseball’s greatest living players on Thursday

MLB Network suddenly announced a third new edition of MLB Network Presents this week, featuring a roundtable discussion with the Franchise Four Greatest Living Players, as announced prior to the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Bob Costas sat down with Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays to talk about their careers, each other, and some of their most memorable moments...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodger great Sandy Koufax throws out first pitch at 2015 All-Star Game

As part of the All-Star festivities on Tuesday in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball announced each team’s “Franchise Four.” The Franchise Four was the result of a fan vote to determine the greatest ballplayers in each team’s history. The Dodgers’ Franchise Four were Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson. The League also presented the four greatest...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds Franchise Four bring down the house in Cincinnati

Perhaps the loudest cheer at this year's MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati came before the game even started. The cheer was loud for Hall of Famer catcher Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, and Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, but when Pete Rose's name was announced Great American Ballpark erupted. Rose was given special permission to participate in the All-Star...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pete Rose receives ovation from crowd at ASG

Pete Rose certainly is not the most beloved sports figure out there, but in his hometown of Cincinnati, he just might be. The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held Tuesday at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, and before Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax tossed out the ceremonial first pitch, the league announced its 30 “Franchise Four” groupings — a team-by-team...
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Greinke enters ASG with lowest ERA in 100+ innings since 1968

  With eight scoreless innings on Thursday night, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak to 35 2/3 innings. Over the course of those eight innings he moved past many Dodger greats who had scoreless streaks of over 30 innings, including Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela and Sandy Koufax. Ahead of Greinke now is teammate Clayton Kershaw who threw 41 scoreless...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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