Birthday and a ballpark: Sandy Koufax and Dodger Stadium

Happy birthday to the great Sandy Koufax, born December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn. Koufax would debut for his hometown Dodgers in 1955, with his best years after the team moved to Los Angeles. He threw four no-hitters, with the fourth (a perfect game) setting a Major League record, later passed by Nolan Ryan. Three of Koufax's no-hitters took place at Dodger Stadium. Koufax is one of two pitchers to throw three no-hitters in the same ballpark (also Larry Corcoran at Chicago's Lake Front Park in the 1880s.)

Dodger Stadium is undergoing a $100 million renovation ahead of hosting the 2020 MLB All-Star Game. The renovation will include a statue of Koufax.

*Did You Know*: Twelve no-hitters have been thrown at Dodger Stadium: eight by Dodgers, three by opponents and the first one, which didn't involve the Dodgers at all. Dodger Stadium opened April 10, 1962 and 25 days later, the Angels' Bo Belinsky held Baltimore hitless on four walks, two hit batters and an error in a 4-0 win. Belinsky was making just his fourth Major League start.

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