Baseball Glove, used by Sandy Koufax

Description (Brief)
Pitcher Sandy Koufax (b. 1935) used this glove as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Koufax was not only one of baseball's greatest pitchers, but he was also a man of principles. Koufax was signed to his hometown Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955 and started pitching regularly for them when they moved to Los Angeles. In 1961, with hard-won control and a wicked curve ball, Koufax won 18 games and triggered one of the most exciting five-season performances ever seen on a mound. This included three seasons of 25 wins, the lowest earned-run average in baseball for five straight years, a no-hitter in each of four consecutive seasons, and three World Series championships. In 1965, Koufax racked up 382 strikeouts—a tally only bested by Nolan Ryan.
Koufax's influence went beyond the mound. In 1965, he chose not to pitch the opening game of the World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. Some criticized him for missing such an important game, however, Koufax came back to play in three of the remaining six games, pitching a shut-out victory in the seventh and deciding game to win the Series.
Stricken with a debilitating arthritic condition, Koufax retired after the 1966 season at the age of 30.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
glove
baseball glove
glove, baseball
date made
ca 1955-1965
user
Koufax, Sandy
associated institution
Los Angeles Dodgers
maker
Rawlings
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 10 in; 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
1979.0530.01
accession number
1979.0530
catalog number
1979.0530.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Judaism
Baseball
Sports
Professional
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sandy Koufax

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