On October 2, 1963, Sandy Koufax Sets World Series Strikeout Record by striking out 15 batters in Game One against the New York Yankees. The Dodgers win the game, 5-2, behind Koufax’ six-hit pitching. Koufax topped the recod set by Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine 10 years ago on this day vs the Yankees.  Read more about that game HERE

RECAP –
Sandy Koufax started it off with a record 15-strikeout performance in Game 1 to outduel the Yankees’ ace left-hander Whitey Ford. The 15 strikeouts bested fellow Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine’s mark in 1953 by one, and would be surpassed by Bob Gibson in 1968. Koufax also tied a World Series record when he fanned the first five Yankees he faced.

Clete Boyer was the only Yankees regular not to strike out. Mickey Mantle, Tom Tresh and Tony Kubek each struck out twice, and Bobby Richardson struck out three times—his only three-strikeout game in 1448 regular season or World Series games. Koufax also struck out three pinch-hitters, including Harry Bright to end the game.

Ford set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, but got into trouble in the second inning. With one out, right fielder Frank Howard doubled into left center field. A single by first baseman Bill Skowron plated Howard to give the Dodgers a 1–0 lead. Second baseman Dick Tracewski’s single preceded a three-run home run by catcher John Roseboro to give the Dodgers a 4–0 lead.

The Dodgers upped the lead to 5-0 when Skowron singled home Willie Davis with two outs in the third inning against Ford, who went just five innings.

The Yankees scored twice in the eighth inning when Tony Kubek singled with one out and Tom Tresh homered with two outs to cut the lead to 5–2.

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Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Yankees 2

World Series Game 1 Played on Wednesday, October 2, 1963 (D) at Yankee Stadium I

LA  N    0  4  1    0  0  0    0  0  0  -   5  9  0
NY  A    0  0  0    0  0  0    0  2  0  -   2  6  0

WP: Koufax (1-0)
LP: Ford (0-1)
HR: Roseboro (1), Tresh (1)

Play by Play

DODGERS 1ST: Wills was called out on strikes; Gilliam grounded
out (shortstop to first); W. Davis struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Dodgers 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 1ST: Kubek struck out; Richardson struck out; Tresh was
called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 0, Yankees
0.

DODGERS 2ND: T. Davis grounded out (shortstop to first); Howard
doubled to center; Skowron singled to center [Howard scored];
Tracewski singled to center [Skowron to second]; Roseboro
homered [Skowron scored, Tracewski scored]; Koufax flied out to
right; Wills was called out on strikes; 4 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Dodgers 4, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 2ND: Mantle was called out on strikes; Maris struck out;
Howard popped to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Dodgers 4, Yankees 0.

DODGERS 3RD: Gilliam singled to center; W. Davis forced Gilliam
(second to shortstop); T. Davis singled to right [W. Davis to
third]; Howard popped to catcher in foul territory; Skowron
singled to center [W. Davis scored, T. Davis to third];
Tracewski forced Skowron (third to second); 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2
LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 3RD: Pepitone struck out; Boyer grounded out (pitcher to
second to first); Ford popped to third in foul territory; 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

DODGERS 4TH: Roseboro struck out; Koufax grounded out (third to
first); Wills lined to pitcher; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers
5, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 4TH: Kubek struck out; Richardson struck out; Tresh was
called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees
0.

DODGERS 5TH: Gilliam walked; W. Davis out on a sacrifice bunt
(pitcher to second) [Gilliam to second]; T. Davis singled to
second [Gilliam to third]; Howard grounded out (pitcher to
first) [T. Davis to second]; Skowron was walked intentionally;
Tracewski forced T. Davis (third unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3
LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 5TH: Mantle struck out; Maris popped to catcher in foul
territory; Howard singled to right; Pepitone singled to right
[Howard to second]; Boyer singled to second [Howard to third,
Pepitone to second]; LOPEZ BATTED FOR FORD; Lopez struck out; 0
R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

DODGERS 6TH: WILLIAMS REPLACED LOPEZ (PITCHING); Roseboro
grounded out (second to first); Koufax flied out to center;
Wills grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 6TH: Kubek grounded out (third to first); Richardson
walked; Tresh walked [Richardson to second]; Mantle popped to
second; Maris popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. 
Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

DODGERS 7TH: Gilliam struck out; W. Davis struck out; T. Davis
singled to right; T. Davis stole second; Howard struck out; 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 7TH: FAIRLY REPLACED HOWARD (PLAYING RF); Howard struck
out; Pepitone popped to catcher in foul territory; Boyer popped
to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

DODGERS 8TH: Skowron struck out; Tracewski grounded out
(shortstop to first); Roseboro struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
 Dodgers 5, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 8TH: LINZ BATTED FOR WILLIAMS; Linz struck out; Kubek
singled to shortstop; Richardson struck out; Tresh homered
[Kubek scored]; Mantle walked; Maris grounded out (second to
first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 2.

DODGERS 9TH: HAMILTON REPLACED LINZ (PITCHING); Koufax struck
out; Wills flied out to right; Gilliam grounded out (shortstop
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 2.

YANKEES 9TH: Howard lined to second; Pepitone singled to right;
Boyer flied out to center; BRIGHT BATTED FOR HAMILTON; Bright
struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers 5, Yankees 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Dodgers          5   9   0    6
 Yankees          2   6   0    7