It took almost nine months to complete but Neil Scherer has completed a framed tribute to the perfect game thrown by Sandy Koufax in 1965.
Scherer, a sports fan whose specialty is creating framed tribute pieces to historic baseball moments with photographs, autographs and memorabilia, says he believes it “was worth the wait”. His baseball “conversation pieces” as he likes to call them, usually are.
Measuring 43 x 55 inches, the display piece autographs and memorabilia related to that day in September, when Koufax tossed what was also his fourth no-hitter, a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium.
Surrounding cut autographs of every player who appeared in the game are pieces of memorabilia. In addition to original wire photos, the piece includes images of the Dodgers’ Lou Johnson who recorded the only hit in the game many called the greatest game ever pitched.
There is a photo of Bob Hendley, the Cubs pitcher who pitched brilliantly and lost.
Among the prized artifacts are the ticket from the September 9, 1965 masterpiece, a program with the actual box score from the epic ball game—even a 45 RPM record of Vince Scully’s radio call of the ninth.