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On June 30, 1962, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax threw the first no-hitter of his career. Koufax walked five games and finished with 13 strikeouts in a 5-0 victory against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.

The five baserunners are the most allowed in a no-hitter in franchise history, and it was the club’s first no-hitter since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, but the second no-hitter at Chavez Ravine. Bo Belinsky of the Los Angeles Angels threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on May 5, 1962.

Koufax began the historic performance in a dominant manner, throwing nine pitches and one strikeout against the team to close out the flawless first inning.

Although the then 26-year-old reached a 3-2 count nine times and gave up five free runs, Koufax did not allow a runner to reach second base. The 1962 season marked the beginning of arguably the best five-year streak by an individual player in MLB history.

Koufax threw a no-hitter in each of the next three seasons, including a perfect game on September 9, 1965, in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. It remains the only perfect game in Dodgers franchise history.

During his 12 seasons with the Dodgers, which spanned Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Koufax was a member of four World Series teams, won the Cy Young Award unanimously in 1963, 1965 and 1966, was voted National League MVP in 1963 and was a seven-time All-Star.

He retired after the 1966 season at age 30 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 at age 36 years, 20 days, becoming the youngest player inducted.

Pedro Guerrero ties MLB record with home run for the Dodgers

June 30 is also a memorable date in Dodgers history for Pedro Guerrero. In 1985, he hit a home run in the eighth inning against Bruce Sutter that made the difference in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The home run came in Guerrero’s final at-bat in June and set an MLB record for most home runs in a single month with 15.

Sammy Sosa holds the current MLB record for most home runs in a month with 20 in June 1998. Cody Bellinger came close to matching Guerrero’s feat during his 2019 MVP campaign, hitting 14 home runs during games in late March and into April.