He finished his career at age 30, with his arm blown out. But even not able to pitch like he still clocked a career ERA of 2.76 and a 165-87. His premature retirement from overwork is the poster child for the pitcher abuse that was the standard back in those days. Typically a pitcher needs to have 300 wins to get voted into the Hall of Fame; the fact that Koufax was inducted with half of this shows just how dominant her was.
But you almost never see a pitcher pitch a complete game today. The reason for middle relief and closers can be found in his shortened career.
Over the weekend, the Dodgers unveiled a statue to him. He's led a quiet life, shunning the limelight. My first reaction was "Sandy Koufax is still alive?" Yes indeed:
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax has played an enormous role in Dodgers history. It would be easy to argue that he’s the best pitcher to ever wear Dodger Blue. His No. 32 was one of the first retired by the organization, along with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 and Roy Campanella’s No. 39.
On Saturday, Koufax and his famous leg kick were forever immortalized at Dodger Stadium as he became the second player to get a statue in the center-field plaza. Koufax joined Robinson, who received the first statue in Dodger Stadium history back in 2015.