Relive Vin Scully’s challenge or Sandy Koufax’s perfect play for the Dodgers

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday at the age of 94..

Here’s a look back at Scully’s call for a Dodgers pitcher’s final inning. Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in September. 9, 1965:

“Three times in his sensational career, Sandy Koufax stepped onto the mound to serve a life-changing ninth time he was no-hitter. But tonight, September ninth, 1965, I’m sure he had the hardest walk of his career, because in eight innings he put in a perfect game. He’s struck out 11, he’s eliminated 24 batters in a row, and the first person he sees is a catcher. Chris Krugbig right winger, out for a second, landed short. Dick Trazewski now at second base and Koufax is ready and pitching: curve to hit.

“Oh, and one bill to Chris Krug. On deck to strike is one of the men we mentioned earlier as a possibility, Joey Amalfitano. Here is a strike for one pitch to Krug: fastball, swung and missed, the second strike. And now you can almost taste the pressure. Koufax lifted his cap, ran his fingers through his black hair, then pulled his cap back on, fiddling with the bill. Krug must feel it too as he steps back, sighs, takes off his helmet, puts it back on, and walks back to the plate. Trazewski is on his right to fill in the middle, Kennedy in back to guard the line. There are two steps on the way to the strike: fastball, outside, ball one. Krug followed him and stopped, while Thorborg held the ball high in the air, trying to convince Vargo. [the umpire] but Eddie said no, sir. One and two for Chris Krug. It is 9:41 p.m. on the ninth of September. One-two on the way: a twisted ball, a repulsed foul to the left of the plate.

The Dodgers are on the defensive at this back-prickly moment: Sandy Koufax and Jeff Thorborg. Boys who try to stop anything get in their way: Wes ParkerDick Trazewski, Maury Wills as well as John Kennedy; outfield Lou Johnson, Willie Davis as well as Ron Fairley. And there are twenty-nine thousand people and a million butterflies in the stadium. Twenty nine thousand one hundred thirty nine paid.

“Koufax in his groovy and one-two serves: fastball, foul back out of play. In Dodger’s dugout Al Ferrara gets up and walks next to the runway, and it becomes hard to be a teammate, sit in a dugout and watch. Sandy rubber back, now toes. All the boys in the bullpen strain to get a better look as they look over the wire fence in left field. One and two for Chris Krug. Koufax, feet together, now his establishment and throw one-two: fastball outside, ball two. (Crowd booing the cassette.)

“Now many people in the stadium are starting to look at the field with all their hearts. The field was outside, Torborg tried to drag him over the plate, but Vargo, an experienced referee, did not go for it. Two and two for Chris Krug. Sandy reads the signs, in turn, two or two steps: the fastball made him swing.

“Sandy Koufax struck out twelve. He’s two outs away from a perfect game.

“Here’s Joe Amalfitano to be pinched for Don Kessinger. Amalfitano from Southern California, from San Pedro. He was the original bonus boy with the giants. Joey was there and, as we mentioned earlier, he helped beat the Dodgers twice, and on deck Harvey Kunn. Kennedy close to the bag on third, fastball, strike. Oh, and one on one in the ninth inning, 1-0, Dodgers. Sandy reads, winds up, and hits one pitch: a spin ball, a tap foul, two. And Amalfitano walks away, shakes himself a little and swings his bat. And Koufax with a new ball clings to his belt and goes over the embankment.

“I think the Dodger Stadium mound right now is the loneliest place in the world. Sandy fussing, dropping in to get her sign, Oh, and two to Amalfitano. Second strike for Joe: fastball, swung and missed, third strike. He’s one step away from the promised land, and Harvey Kunn is rising.

“So Harvey Kuenn is fighting for Bob Handley. The time on the scoreboard is 9:44. The date is September 9th, 1965, and Koufax is working on veteran Harvey Kuenn. Sandy is in turn and out on the field, fastball to hit. By the way, he scored five batters in a row, and it went unnoticed. Sandy braced himself for a one-pitch hit: very high, and he lost his hat. He really forced it. This is only the second time tonight that I had the feeling that Sandy was throwing instead of throwing, trying to get a little more, and this time he tried so hard that his hat fell off – he took an extremely long step towards the plate – and Thorborg had to get up to get it.

“One and one Harvey Kuennu. Now he’s ready: fastball, high, ball two. You can’t blame a man for pushing a little. Sandy steps back, wipes her forehead, runs her left forefinger across her forehead, wipes it on her left pant leg. All this time Kuenn just waited. Now Sandy looks in. In his spin and serve two-one Cuennou: swung and missed, hit two. It’s 21:46 now.

“Two and two Harvey Kuennu, one hit. Sandy in her groovy state, here’s the pitch:

“Turned on and missed, the perfect game! (Crowd applauds for 38 seconds)

“On the scoreboard in right field 21:46 in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, California. And a crowd of 29,139 just sat there to see the only pitcher in baseball history to hit and miss four games. He’s done it four years in a row and now he’s completing it: in his fourth no-hitter, he made it a perfect game. And Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, did it in a big way. He struck out the last six consecutive batters. So when he wrote his name in capital letters in the record book, that “K” stood out even more than OUFAX.”