CHICAGO ab r h bi LOS ANGELES ab r h bi Young, cf 3 0 0 0 Wills, ss 3 0 0 0 Beckert, 2b 3 0 0 0 Gilliam, 3b 3 0 0 0 Williams, rf 3 0 0 0 Kennedy, 3b 0 0 0 0 Santo, 3b 3 0 0 0 Davis, cf 3 0 0 0 Banks, 1b 3 0 0 0 Johnson, lf 2 1 1 0 Browne, lf 3 0 0 0 Fairly, rf 2 0 0 0 Krug, c 2 0 0 0 Lefebvre, 2b 3 0 0 0 Kessinger, ss 2 0 0 0 Tracewski, 2b 0 0 0 0 Amalfitano, ph 1 0 0 0 Parker, 1b 3 0 0 0 Hendley, p 2 0 0 0 Torborg, c 3 0 0 0 Kuenn, ph 1 0 0 0 Koufax, p 2 0 0 0 TOTALS 27 0 0 0 TOTALS 24 1 1 0 E - Krug; LOB - Chicago 0, Los Angeles 1. 2B - Johnson. SB - Johnson. S - Fairly. Att - 29,139. CHICAGO IP H R ER BB SO Hendley (L) 8 1 1 0 1 3 LOS ANGELES IP H R ER BB SO Koufax (W) 9 0 0 0 0 0
"I got stronger as I went along and that's something that had not happened to me before this year," said Koufax, who struck out 14 and permitted only seven balls to be hit out of the infield. "In the last three innings, I had my best fastball in a long, long time. Early in the game, I had a great curve."
As untouchable as Koufax was, so too was Chicago starter Bob Hendley. Hendley wound up tossing a one-hitter, and the only run Los Angeles scored was unearned.
"I can sympathize with Hendley," said Koufax. "It's a shame to lose a game the way he did."
In the fifth inning, Los Angeles left-fielder Lou Johnson walked, took second on Ron Fairly's sacrifice, stole third and continued home when Cubs rookie catcher Chris Krug threw the ball wildly into left field for an error.
HENDLEY LOST HIS NO-HITTER IN THE SEVENTH when Johnson blooped a double. Hendley pitched out of that jam, but it didn't matter because his teammates never had a chance against Koufax.
Koufax struck out the final six men he faced. In the eighth, Santo, Banks and pinch-hitter Byron Browne were the victims. In the ninth, Krug and pinch-hitter Joey Amalfitano went meekly and it was left for former American League batting champ Harvey Kuenn to break up Koufax's perfect game.
As Amalfitano was walking back to the dugout, he passed Kuenn and whispered to him "It's not worth it, Harvey, you might as well not even bother coming to the plate." Kuenn went anyway, and he whiffed to end the game.
"I've never seen Sandy throw as hard as he did when he struck me out in the eighth," said Santo. "He threw one fastball right by me and I was waiting for it. He seemed to get a burst of energy in the late innings."
Santo shared an amusing story about the game. Before it started, the Cubs held a meeting to go over strategy against Koufax.
"Actually, it was kind of silly," Santo said. "What are you going to learn about Koufax in a meeting? Al Spangler (once a teammate of Koufax's) got up in front of the locker room and said `Not to worry fellas, I've got all of Koufax's pitches. I know when Sandy is going to throw that curve or fastball from the stretch position.'
"I suppose we left the meeting with a little more confidence against Koufax than in the past because we had Al Spangler on our side. Once Koufax got into the stretch, he was dead meat."
It may have been a good theory, but because there was never a baserunner, Koufax never pitched from the stretch.
The victory improved Koufax's record to 22-7 and snapped a
personal three-game losing streak. He would go on to lead the league in wins
(26), winning percentage (.765), ERA (2.04), complete games (27), innings
pitched (335.2) and strikeouts (382, a new major league record).