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This Day in Georgia History

August 09, 1966

Braves Defeated Koufax

After the firing of previous manager Bobby Bragan, Atlanta Braves first base coach Billy Hitchcock had his first game as the struggling team’s new manager. In a sell-out game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a crowd of 52,000 fans came to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to watch the Braves take on Dodger pitching ace Sandy Koufax. The game was a classic pitching duel, with Atlanta pitcher Denny Lemaster retiring 19 consecutive Dodgers at one point. In the bottom of the 9th, with the game tied 0-0, Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews homered off Koufax to give the Braves an exciting 1-0 victory.