Koufax was three weeks removed from his last victory when he threw what remains the only perfect game in Dodgers history. The Hall of Famer was locked in a pitchers' duel with Bob Hendley, who was only recently promoted from the minor leagues but also had a no-hitter through seven innings. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Lou Johnson drew a walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ron Fairly. Johnson stole third, which resulted in an errant throw by Cubs catcher Chris Krug that flew into left field and allowed Johnson to score. Koufax finished the game with a flourish, striking out the last six batters he faced. Harvey Kuenn, who made the final out in Koufax's 1963 no-hitter, made the final out. Koufax's performance was voted the greatest pitched game of all-time in a 1995 poll of members of the Society for American Baseball Research. The perfect game marked his fourth no-hitter, breaking Bob Feller's previous record of three. There were only two baserunners in the game, a record that stands to this day. Koufax's catcher in the game, Jeff Torberg, caught the first of Nolan Ryan's record seven no-hitters in 1973.
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