Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963

Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963

by Brian M. Endsley

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This is the story of the L.A. Dodgers' volatile fortunes during Sandy Koufax's transformation from a wild left-hander with a losing record on the verge of quitting the game, to an artist with exquisite control of the baseball--a veritable Mozart on the mound. From the Dodgers' sudden plunge into the baseball wilderness in 1960, to their return to pennant contention in Koufax's breakout year of 1961, through their catastrophic 1962 season--precipitated by Koufax's freak midseason finger injury--to their redemption in 1963 with their second World Championship on the West Coast, the narrative is set against the backdrop of John F. Kennedy's fleeting New Frontier presidency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476618944
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/11/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 985,216
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Attorney Brian M. Endsley lives in Pleasant Hill, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Prologue 3
Part I. 1960: Return to the Wilderness
One. Bright Beginnings 9
Two. Changes, Losses, and a Glimpse at Greatness 19
Three. Out of the Woodshed and into Contention 31
Four. Facing Reality in the Year of the Pirates 41
Part II. 1961: The Great Awakening of Sandy Koufax
Five. Leo 61
Six. Turning Point in Florida 66
Seven. April—A Full Moon and a New Koufax 71
Eight. Koufax Takes Off! 80
Nine. Showdown in August 96
Ten. The Coliseum Era Comes to an End 105
Part III. 1962: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Eleven. The Dodger Stadium Era Begins 117
Twelve. A Season Goes Numb 124
Thirteen. Life Without Koufax 137
Fourteen. Black September 146
Fifteen. Left Behind in October 165
Part IV. 1963: Return to the Summit
Sixteen. A Season Riding on a Finger 183
Seventeen. Life Is Good on Planet Koufax 196
Eighteen. An August Lull Becomes a September Fight 221
Nineteen. Four Days in October 242
Twenty. The Apotheosis of Sandy Koufax 250
Epilogue 253
Appendix: Sandy Koufax Statistics (Career; 1961; 1962; 1963) 255
Chapter Notes 267
Bibliography 279
Index 283

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