A California man dug into a box and found a rare piece of baseball history–a reel-to-reel recording of the final moments of Sandy Koufax’ first no-hitter in June of 1962.
The recording was made by Dave Fantz, who was 14 years old and sensed Dodgers history in the making when he fed a tape into his father’s reel-to-reel recorder. Vin Scully is behind the mike for the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory over the New York Mets on June 30, 1962. About 40 minutes long, it picks up in the bottom of the eighth inning and carries through Jerry Doggett’s postgame interview with Koufax.
The Dodgers were thrilled to receive a copy last month.
"This is really, truly a gift he’s giving to the club," team historian Mark Langill said. "The magnitude of this is monumental, historically and emotionally."
No commercial video recordings of Koufax’s no-hitters are known to exist, and no audio accounts of his second and third no-hitters have surfaced. Don’t look for it in your next auction catalog. Jim Governale, the uncle of the teenager who recorded the final inning and came into ownership, has restored the audio and turned the recording over to the Dodgers as a piece of history.