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Sandy Koufax Three-time Cy Young Award winner Four no hitters including a perfect game A modern legend acclaimed even by opposing teams fans A Jewish icon who refused to pitch on High Holy Days An elusive enigmatic hero who left the spotlight at the height of his powers A certain magic still lingers in the name stirring memories of the sixties supernova whose half-decade of dominance was so brilliant yet so fleeting Decades removed from his final game Koufaxs stats still jump from the pages of history like one of his fastballs Gruver 1 In Koufax the first book in more than thirty years on the inimitable Sandy Koufax sportswriter Edward Gruver illuminates the astonishing story of the man many consider the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time Between 1962 and 1966 he dominated the game as no pitcher before or since His 382 strikeouts in 65 remain a National League record to this day Koufaxs hopping curve and blazing fastball sometimes spotted with blood from his ailing hand confounded hitters while slowly tearing his arm apart He suffered agonizing arthritis immersed his inflamed elbow in ice baths following games and required specially tailored suits to accommodate his bowed left limb Eventually the threat to his arm forced the games premier pitcher to end his career the same year he led the Dodgers to a second straight World Series appearance Gruver vividly tells Koufaxs life story within the framework of his Herculean performance in Game Seven of the 65 Series when on only two days rest he led his team to a 2-0 shutout against Minnesota Koufax breaks it down pitch-by-pitch recounting each of Koufaxs silent screams as he let the ball fly against the Twins Throughout he weaves in the pitchers full story including his experiences growing up as a Jew in Brooklyn his eye-popping stats and momentous achievements Based on extensive interviews with friends former teammates opponents and sports journalists Koufax
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