The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

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.