The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most storied franchises, not just in the history of baseball, but in the history of sports. So it would stand to reason that the organization would be well-represented when it comes to one of the most elusive feats in sports, right?
Eh, not so fast. While there have been 26 no-hitters thrown in the history of the Dodgers franchise, the number is not nearly as high when we start talking about perfect games.
While a no-hitter is impressive, there's room for error. A player can reach base via error, walk, or hit batsman, and complete ruin a pitcher's chance at a perfect game. In the history of major league baseball, only 23 perfect games have been tossed. How many belong to the Los Angeles Dodgers?
How many perfect games are there in Dodgers history?
This may come as a surprise to some Dodgers fans, but only one pitcher in team history has thrown a perfect game. What is not a surprise, however, is that it was Sandy Koufax who accomplished the feat.
On Sept. 9, 1965, Koufax threw the first and only perfect game in Los Angeles Dodgers history. The Hall of Famer went the full nine innings against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Koufax threw 113 pitches in the game, striking out 14 Cubs hitters.
Koufax had previously thrown three no-hitters prior to his perfect game in 1965. On June 4, 1964, the southpaw allowed just one base runner to reach via a walk. Dick Allen, who drew the walk from Koufax during the game, was later thrown out trying to steal second base.
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Perhaps most notable about the Dodgers lone perfect is that the final score was 1-0, and only two Dodgers hitters ever even reached base. One of those two reached via error, meaning that there was only one hit throughout the entire game. So, tip of the cap to Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley, who went the distance himself and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three.
The franchise's last no-hitter thrown by a single pitcher came back in 2014, when Clayton Kershaw tossed nine innings of shutout baseball against the Colorado Rockies and was a Hanley Ramirez error away from pitching the second perfect game in Dodgers history.