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Yearbook, Nov. 18: Koufax calls it quits

Nov. 18, 1966: On this day 46 years ago, Sandy Koufax became one of sports' most notable early retirees, announcing he was stepping aside at age 30 due to arthritis in his left elbow.

Koufax's line in his final season, all while battling the pain: 27-9, 1.73 ERA, 317 strikeouts and 77 walks in 323 innings; Koufax also pitched in the World Series (which the opposing Baltimore Orioles won) and took home the National League Cy Young Award.

Koufax's final career line with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers: 165-87 with a 2.76 ERA and 2,396 strikeouts in 2,324 1/3 regular-season innings, plus five ERA titles, three Cy Youngs and three World Series championships (with a 0.95 career ERA in those Series).

Again, he was only 30.