Sept. 15, 1961 - Sandy Koufax set a National League season record for strikeouts by a left-hander today while the Dodgers routed Warren Spahn in an 11-2 victory over the Braves. The Dodger southpaw fanned 10 men and ran his season total to 243, surpassing the record of 237 set by Rube Marquard of the New York Giants in 1911. Spahn has not beaten the Dodgers at home since 1948, and he left the game without retiring any of the five men he faced. The victory was the 16th of the season for Koufax against 11 defeats. It was the 10th time he had struck out 10 or more men.
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