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Relive Vin Scully’s call of the closing inning of Sandy Koufax’s fantastic recreation


Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday at the age of 94.

Here’s a appear back again at Scully’s call of the final inning of Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax’s great video game on Sept. 9, 1965:

“Three instances in his sensational profession has Sandy Koufax walked out to the mound to pitch a fateful ninth where he turned in a no-hitter. But tonight, September the ninth, nineteen-hundred and sixty-5, he made the toughest walk of his job, I’m certain, for the reason that through 8 innings he has pitched a perfect recreation. He has struck out 11, he has retired 24 consecutive batters, and the very first male he will glimpse at is catcher Chris Krug, massive right-hand hitter, flied to next, grounded to small. Dick Tracewski is now at second foundation and Koufax prepared and delivers: curveball for a strike.

“Oh-and-1 the count to Chris Krug. Out on deck to pinch-strike is one of the gentlemen we mentioned before as a feasible, Joey Amalfitano. Here’s the strike a person pitch to Krug: fastball, swung on and skipped, strike two. And you can pretty much flavor the tension now. Koufax lifted his cap, ran his fingers via his black hair, then pulled the cap again down, fussing at the invoice. Krug should really feel it far too as he backs out, heaves a sigh, took off his helmet, set it back again on and techniques again up to the plate. Tracewski is over to his right to fill up the middle, Kennedy is deep to guard the line. The strike two pitch on the way: fastball, exterior, ball 1. Krug started out to go soon after it and held up and Torborg held the ball high in the air attempting to influence Vargo [the umpire] but Eddie explained no sir. A single and two the rely to Chris Krug. It is 9:41 p.m. on September the ninth. The a single-two pitch on the way: curveball, tapped foul off to the remaining of the plate.

“The Dodgers defensively in this spine-tingling instant: Sandy Koufax and Jeff Torborg. The boys who will test and cease everything strike their way: Wes Parker, Dick Tracewski, Maury Wills and John Kennedy the outfield of Lou Johnson, Willie Davis and Ron Pretty. And there is 20-9 thousand folks in the ballpark and a million butterflies. Twenty-nine thousand, a single hundred and 30-9 paid.

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“Koufax into his windup and the a single-two pitch: fastball, fouled back again out of participate in. In the Dodger dugout Al Ferrara receives up and walks down near the runway, and it starts to get tough to be a teammate and sit in the dugout and have to observe. Sandy back of the rubber, now toes it. All the boys in the bullpen straining to get a improved seem as they look by way of the wire fence in still left discipline. A single and two the depend to Chris Krug. Koufax, toes together, now to his windup and the one particular-two pitch: fastball outdoors, ball two. (Group booing on the tape.)

“A great deal of people in the ballpark now are beginning to see the pitches with their hearts. The pitch was outside, Torborg attempted to pull it around the plate but Vargo, an seasoned umpire, would not go for it. Two and two the depend to Chris Krug. Sandy studying signals, into his windup, two-two pitch: fastball, obtained him swinging.

“Sandy Koufax has struck out twelve. He is two outs away from a great game.

“Here is Joe Amalfitano to pinch-hit for Don Kessinger. Amalfitano is from Southern California, from San Pedro. He was an unique reward boy with the Giants. Joey’s been close to, and as we stated previously, he has served to beat the Dodgers two times, and on deck is Harvey Kuenn. Kennedy is limited to the bag at 3rd, the fastball, a strike. Oh and one with just one out in the ninth inning, 1-, Dodgers. Sandy looking through, into his windup and the strike just one pitch: curveball, tapped foul, Oh and two. And Amalfitano walks absent and shakes himself a minimal little bit, and swings the bat. And Koufax with a new ball, will take a hitch at his belt and walks powering the mound.

“I would think that the mound at Dodger Stadium ideal now is the loneliest position in the environment. Sandy fussing, appears in to get his indication, Oh and two to Amalfitano. The strike two pitch to Joe: fastball, swung on and missed, strike 3. He is 1 out absent from the promised land, and Harvey Kuenn is comin’ up.

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“So Harvey Kuenn is batting for Bob Hendley. The time on the scoreboard is 9:44. The date, September the ninth, 1965, and Koufax functioning on veteran Harvey Kuenn. Sandy into his windup and the pitch, a fastball for a strike. He has struck out, by the way, 5 consecutive batters, and which is absent unnoticed. Sandy prepared and the strike one particular pitch: pretty substantial, and he missing his hat. He actually pressured that a person. That’s only the second time tonight exactly where I have had the experience that Sandy threw rather of pitched, seeking to get that small additional, and that time he experimented with so difficult his hat fell off — he took an very extensive stride to the plate — and Torborg had to go up to get it.

“One and one to Harvey Kuenn. Now he’s prepared: fastball, high, ball two. You just can’t blame a gentleman for pushing just a tiny little bit now. Sandy backs off, mops his forehead, runs his remaining index finger alongside his brow, dries it off on his left trousers leg. All the whilst Kuenn just ready. Now Sandy looks in. Into his windup and the two-1 pitch to Kuenn: swung on and missed, strike two. It is 9:46 p.m.

“Two and two to Harvey Kuenn, 1 strike away. Sandy into his windup, here’s the pitch:

“Swung on and skipped, a ideal match! (Crowd cheering for 38 seconds)

“On the scoreboard in ideal subject it is 9:46 p.m. in the Metropolis of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. And a crowd of 29,139 just sitting in to see the only pitcher in baseball record to hurl 4 no-strike, no-run video games. He has done it four straight several years, and now he caps it: On his fourth no-hitter he manufactured it a perfect match. And Sandy Koufax, whose title will usually remind you of strikeouts, did it with a flourish. He struck out the last 6 consecutive batters. So, when he wrote his title in capital letters in the report books, that “K” stands out even far more than the O-U-F-A-X.”

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