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Koufax No-Hits the Mets

June 30, 1962 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a no-hitter tonight and struck out 13 batters in turning back the New York Mets, 5-0. The no-hitter was the first in the National League this season. It was the 39th time that Koufax, a left-hander, had struck out 10 or more batters in a game. Koufax walked five. The Dodgers, who had scored four times in the first inning, increased their lead in the seventh on a home run by Frank Howard. Koufax needed only nine pitches, all strikes, to put out the Mets in the first. Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla each struck out and left the batter’s box muttering. The 26-year-old lefty’s curve was snapping like a bullwhip, and his fastball hummed. By the end of six innings, he had struck out 12 of the 19 Mets he faced.


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