The greatest lefthander in MLB history is captured in this classic card. Koufax would go on to greatness, but this card was made after his first four years with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, and he was just 20-21. His control, which would become incredibly sharp, didn’t exist. In 1958, he walked 105 batters in 159 innings.
The Brooklyn-born kid would start feeling his oats in 1961, when he went 18-13 and named to the NL All-Star team. It would be the first of six straight seasons as an All-Star. The only reason the streak ended was because Koufax had to retire after the 1966 campaign.
For the final five seasons of his career, the future Hall of Famer led the league in earned run average. He fanned more than 300 batters in three of his last four seasons, missing only 1964, when he was limited to just 28 starts.
Twice named Major League Player of the Year, he won the pitching triple crown (wins, ERA and strikeouts) three times.
Hurling for a weak-hitting team, Koufax was only 4-3 in World Series games, yet his ERA was 0.95 and he was named World Series MVP twice.
In regular-season contests, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is No. 3 in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.79), leading the NL five straight times.
Had he not been struck by arthritis and forced to retire after just 12 years at age 30, “The Left Arm of God” might have obliterated many records.
This card is judged to be in Ex+ condition, with light corner damage that can only be seen through magnification.