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Clayton Kershaw Cements Status in Dodgers Lore by Passing Sandy Koufax on All-Time Wins List

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park in the first inning on August 17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
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As if the American public needed any more convincing, Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher of his era, and potentially one of the greatest of all-time.

On Tuesday night, Kershaw added to his already-impressive list of accomplishments by passing Sandy Koufax, perhaps as iconic figure as there has been in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in wins.

Kershaw's Tuesday night outing wasn't particularly impressive considering his lofty standards--6 IP, 6 Hits Allowed, 3 Earned Runs and 2 loud home runs off the bat of Bo Bichette--but it bought enough time for a talented Dodgers offense to give the 31-year-old the run support he needed.

Looking back, this isn't a day Kershaw will forget anytime soon.

"It's an honor for me just to be mentioned in the same sentence as Sandy," Kershaw said after the team's 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. "What he was able to accomplish in his career -- he would've gone a lot longer if he was playing today, probably, because he could've gotten healthy. Just a special thing, man."

Koufax was forced to retire at the young age of 30 due to a series of arm injuries, or else he'd be much higher in the franchise record books. Kershaw's now-166 wins puts him in the top-25 in the illustrious history of the Dodgers, with the top-20 well within reach with just three more victories.