Sport: The Kid from Brooklyn

From the first inning on. the San Francisco Giants were straggling back from the plate with their bats dragging. By the middle innings, the crowd of 82,794 at Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum was beginning to realize that the husky (6 ft. 2 in., 205 Ibs.) Dodger southpaw might be heading for a record. Out on the mound, Sandy Koufax, 23, wiped away sweat and bore grimly down with each pitch, firing a fast ball that hopped as though magnetized, a crackling curve that dipped down and out.

Going into the ninth, the Dodgers' Koufax knew he had to fan the side. Giant...

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