Fifteen K’s (14 1/2 Fingers)
In Game 1 of the 1963 World Series, Sandy Koufax struck out 15 Yankees in a 5-2 complete game win over Whitey Ford and the Bronx Bombers. In Yankee Stadium, nonetheless. John Roseboro not only gave Koufax a hand in this photo (well, the original photo), but gave him a hand in the box score with a 3-run HR in the 2nd as well. The Dodgers would go on to sweep the Yanks out of the Series, winning their 3rd championship in 10 years.
In the original drawing, I didn’t realize until it was too late that I was going to end up cutting off part of one of Sandy’s hands, which is the focal part of the photo. The drawing was already mostly finished, though, so I left it as is. Definitely something to think about next time.
(original photo from Whitingham’s “Illustrated History of the Dodgers”)