7. Sandy Koufax (SP-Dodgers)

  • 1955-66, Dodgers
  • 382 Strikeouts in 1965 most ever by a Lefty

There’s only one sensible word that comes up when discussing Sandy Koufax and his place in MLB history.

That word is longevity.

Koufax only pitched 12-seasons. It was his very brief professional career that forces him to usually be outside the Top 10 when this discussion of the greatest takes place.

Whether his career was short or not, those 12-seasons were the best ever for almost any pitcher throughout history.

Kourfax wasn’t just dominant, he was downright filthy. From 1962 through 1966, Koufax led the league with an ERA that bordered on ridiculous. This includes a 1.73 ERA during his last season in ’66.

He took home three Cy Young Awards during those final five-seasons, one of which was capped off (1965) by a World Series MVP.

Koufax earns this No. 7 spot due to the fact that he was the most dominant pitcher over the span of five-seasons baseball has ever laid eyes on.