Sandy Koufax nearly had two perfect games as the first twenty-two batters he faced during this game were retired. Ed Bailey was the spoiler when he was issued a base on balls during the eighth inning.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League pennant thanks in part to the dominance displayed by Koufax throughout the year. Sandy finished with a 1.88 earned run average, twenty-five wins, and two World Series wins in a four-game sweep versus the New York Yankees. Yogi Berra commented, "I can see how he won twenty-five games. What I don't understand is how he lost five!"
Ninth inning play-by-play: Sandy Koufax started quick when he got Joey Amalfitano to pop-up for the first out. Jose Pagan stepped to the plate next and drove a pitch deep enough to bring the fans to their feet. Willie Davis was on his horse from the moment it left the bat and hauled it in near the wall. The 1963 home run leader, Willie McCovey, strode to the plate as a pinch hitter and Koufax issued him a base on balls. Harvey Kuenn was the Giants last opportunity and he took the first pitch for a strike. The next pitch was also a strike and Kuenn swung hard only to have it bounce back to Koufax who easily fielded and tossed it over to Ron Fairly for the final out.