The Dodgers honor three of their greatest players, retiring the numbers of Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella during a special pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium. Koufax's uniform No. 32, Campanella’s No. 39 and Robinson’s No. 42 became the first numbers in franchise history to be permanently retired, marking the culmination of three remarkable careers.
Baseball luminaries paid tribute to the three players during a ceremony that drew several rousing ovations from the crowd.
Koufax came to be known as one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball history during a career that spanned 12 years from 1955-66. He compiled a lifetime record of 165-87, and became the first pitcher to author four no-hitters, including the only perfect game in Dodger history. He was the youngest player elected to the Hall of Fame, earning the honor at age 36 in 1972.
Campanella was a three-time National League MVP and played in more games (1,215) than any other catcher in Brooklyn history during a 10-year career from 1948-57.
Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, compiled a lifetime batting average of .311 with 137 home runs, 734 RBI and 197 stolen bases. He was the first player to win Rookie of the Year honors, an award that now bears his name, and in 1949 was voted the National League’s MVP after leading the circuit in batting at .342. Major League Baseball saluted Robinson’s legacy by permanently retiring his number in 1997.
In the game that followed, Bob Gibson of the Cardinals beats the Dodgers 4-0.
June 4, 1901-- Brooklyn takes advantage of 11 Cincinnati walks and wins 7-3 with Bill Donovan pitching a complete game victory.
June 4, 1913-- New York beats Brooklyn twice, 5-2 and 9-5 in a morning (18,000 attendance) and afternoon (23,000 attendance) doubleheader. Ed Yingling and Nap Rucker at the losing pitchers.
June 4, 1920-- Al Mamaux wins 5-1 in Philadelphia as Hi Myers doubles in a run in the sixth and triples in another in the eighth. The game was started in a steady rain and there were 400 soaked fans in attendance.
June 4, 1926-- Dazzy Vance wins his first game of the season in his fifth start by a 10-1 margin. He allowed four hits and struck out 10. Bubbles Hargreaves caught Vance, making it the first time since 1922 that Vances's regular catcher Jack DeBerry wasn't behind the plate for him.
June 4, 1930-- The Robins (named for manager Wilbert Robinson) lose 12-6 to the Pirates, making four errors in the first inning and a total of eight in the game. Del Bissonette and Jake Flowers homer.
June 4, 1931-- Manager Robinson forms a "Bonehead Club" that would fine players for making dumb mistakes during the game. "We'll save the money and have a big party at the end of the year," Robinson promises. Then he submits the wrong starting lineup which causes the team to lose 6-4 to the Cubs, quietly disbands the club and it is never heard of again.
June 4, 1940-- The St. Louis Cardinals install lights on Sportsman's Park but the Dodgers spoil their celebration, winning 10-1 in the first night game. Vito Tamulis is the winning pitcher for the Brooklyns.
June 4, 1943-- The Dodgers get a home run from first baseman Dolph Camilli in the first inning and go on to score seven times en rout to an 18-7 win over the Cubs in Chicago.
June 4, 1947-- Last rites are administered after Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser crashes into a fence while chasing a fly ball at Ebbets Field hit by Cully Richards in a 9-4 win over Pittsburgh. Reiser, who made the catch, spends 10 days in the hospital but later returned to action. PeeWee Reese's grand slam and Reiser's catch helps Ralph Branca to his sixth win.
June 4, 1953-- Billy Loes wins his seventh game in seven decisions 10-5 as the Dodgers bury Milwaukee under home runs by Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo and Bobby Morgan.
June 4, 1954-- Carl Erskine wins his first game in Chicago, stopping the Cubs 2-1 and Roy Campanella knocks in the winning run.
June 4, 1955-- Don Newcombe runs his record to 9-0 with a 6-1 win over St. Louis. Campanella, Hodges and Frank Kellert homer.
June 4, 1956-- Sal Maglie wins his first game as a Dodger, shutting our the Braves on three hits. It was his first shutout in two years. Third baseman Ransom Jackson knocks in the winning run and Furillo and Hodges added home runs.
June 4, 1962-- Sandy Koufax pitches a one-hitter at Philadelphia, striking out 13 and taking a shutout into the ninth inning to record his eighth win. Catcher Johnny Roseboro and outfielder Wally Moon hit back-to-back homers.
June 4, 1963-- Maury Wills scores both runs in a 2-1 victory in Houston as Bob Miller wins his fourth game and Ron Perranoski saves his second.
June 4, 1966-- With first baseman Ron Fairly out with broken ribs, who do you use at first? That jack of all trades Jim Gilliam, of course, and the Dodgers beat the Mets 7-5 behind Claude Osteen's seventh win. Phil Regan saves his third and Tommy Davis bangs his first home run of the season and knocks in three.
June 4, 1964-- Sandy Koufax pitches the third of his four no-hitters and the only one on the road. He strikes out a dozen, walks one and Frank Howard's three-run homer provides all the runs in the game.
June 4, 1968-- Don Drysdale pitches a record sixth straight shutout, beating the Pirates 5-0 and running his consecutive scoreless streak to 54.
June 4, 1974-- Tommy John runs his record to 9-1, needing only 79 pitches to blank Pittsburgh 5-0 on five hits. Tom Paciorek keys the win with a bases-loaded triple off Jerry Reuss.
June 4, 1983-- Greg Brock homered in the second and Steve Yeager homered in the seventh as the Dodgers beat the Mets 2-1 behind Burt Hooton, who won his fourth game. Dave Stewart came in to earn his sixth save.
June 4, 1990-- Ramon Martinez ties a club record with 18 strikeouts and allowed only three hits while beating the Braves 6-0.
June 4, 1998-- Hideo Nomo, who is 2-7, with a 5.05 earned run average, is relegated to the bullpen and asks to be traded. GM Fred Claire sends him and reliever Brad Clontz to the Mets for pitchers Dave Milicki and Greg McMichael.