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Ignore Khrushchev, VFW Leader Says; Koufax Strikes Out 18!

September 1, 2009 |  6:00 am
Sept. 1, 1959, Cover

Sept. 1, 1959: Vice President Nixon addresses the VFW convention being held in Los Angeles ... VFW Commander in Chief John W. Mahan says of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's upcoming visit: "We ask Americans to ignore, with dignity, this man. There should be no demonstration of any sort. Frankly, we're unhappy that he is coming here." Bernard Abrams, national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, says: "Khrushchev comes to these shores with bloody hands."  Notice the plans for the $800-million monorail.

Sept. 1, 1959, North by Northwest

In the 1950s, The Times used to run brief digests of New York film reviews, such as this one of "North by Northwest."
Sept. 1, 1959, Jack Smith

Jack Smith writes: "All roads in the state of California are under construction ... Don't expect to find anyplace where there isn't already somebody else ... No matter how fast you drive, somebody will pass you like a cannonball."

Sept. 1, 1959, Sports Sandy Koufax struck out 18  to break the National League record and tie the major league record, leading the Dodgers past the Giants in front of nearly 83,000 fans at the Coliseum.

And he almost was overshadowed.

Wally Moon hit a three-run homer in the ninth to provide the difference in the 5-2 victory. Koufax and Jim Gilliam singled to set up the Moon shot.

As for Koufax, he said the Giants "must have been anxious. I never saw so many bad pitches swung at in one game." Even The Times' Frank Finch noted that was "a curious observation."

The victory pulled the Dodgers within a game of the first-place Giants.

--Keith Thursby