1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Program From Sandy Koufax's First Win

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1969

Item Year: 1955

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare Brooklyn Dodgers program scored in ink to record Sandy Koufax's first Major League victory, on August 27, 1955, at Ebbets Field. This is the only program from Koufax's first win we have ever seen, let alone offered. When Koufax signed a contract with the Dodgers in 1955 at the age of nineteen, the amount of his signing bonus ($14,000) required him to remain on the Dodgers' major league roster for two full seasons. As a result, he saw very limited action during his rookie campaign, appearing in just twelve games. His first win, however, on August 27th at Ebbets Field gave fans a foreshadowing of what was to come in later years. Koufax limited the Cincinnati Reds to two hits and struck out fourteen in a complete-game 7-0 win, with the victory also marking the first of his forty career shutouts. The offered program has been neatly scored in blue ink, with many additional game notes written along the scoring sheets. The date of the game, "August 27, 1955" is written in blue ink on the cover. The name "Raymond Cheek" (possibly the name of the program's original owner) is written in red ink on the interior front cover. The program (6 x 9.75 inches) is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall, but it should be noted that the ink from the scoring pages has slightly bled through to a few adjacent pages on either side. This is not only an extremely rare program commemorating Koufax's first win, but one that is also desirable for the fact that it dates from the club's historic 1955 World Championship season. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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