Sandy Koufax was so dominant that he led the National League in E.R.A. for five straight years(1962-66). Koufax also won three Cy Young Awards(1963,65,66) when there only was one Cy Young Award winner. Since 1967, each Major League has had its own recipient.
Sandy was the National League Most Valuable Player in 1963 and was a two-time World Series MVP(l963,65). He pitched a shutout against the Minnesota Twins in Game 7 of the '65 Series while working on just two days rest.
Koufax was forced to retire from baseball at age 30 due to an arthritic left elbow. At age 36, in 1972, he became the youngest player inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
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