This Sporting Life #14


The extraordinary Sandy Koufax ices the elbow before fear of a life doped up on cortisone forced him into early retirement after the 1966 season.

6 comments:

blankemon said...

Hate to be a pill, but Koufax retired after 1966, not '65.

Greg said...

Not at all, thanks for catching the typo. I'm a huge Koufax fan and should've scanned the copy before publishing.

SUZANNEGOSS said...

wow he was handsome...

Fred said...

I saw an interview once with Willie Mays on Koufax. Sandy had two pitches: a fastball and a curve, which he threw differently. Mays always knew what was coming because Sandy was tipping his pitches, but Mays said it didn't matter since he couldn't hit either one.

Greg said...

I love Yogi Berra's quote after the 1963 season that saw Koufax pitch 30 full games with a record of 25 won. Koufax's Dodgers met Berra's Yankees in the World Series that year and swept them. Afterwards Berra said, "I can see how he won 25 games. What I can't understand is how he lost 5!"

Fred said...

Greg, I recently saw Marichal interviewed on MLB network and he was discussing the 1968 season where he lost the Cy Young to Bob Gibson, who went 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA. Juan said he could never figure out how Gibson lost 9 games the way he pitched that year.