The Left Hand of God: Sandy Koufax

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Retired 55 years ago today. I've seen this before--it's great, especially the way he handles the "loss of income" question. Looks most elegant at 85. I always say that if I could have seen anyone ever in person, it would have been Koufax pitching at home during the summer of '65 (preferably against Gibson or Marichal).

Today In 1966: Choosing his health over the money, Los Angeles #Dodgers superstar pitcher Sandy Koufax shocks the baseball world by announcing his retirement at the age of 30! #MLB #Legend #Baseball #History

— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) November 18, 2021

clemenza, Friday, 19 November 2021 03:56 (ten months ago) link

koufax vs gibson would be a dream matchup of mine as well. gibson vs pretty much anyone in the world of his era, i think it would have to koufax

just staying (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 November 2021 04:46 (ten months ago) link

i haven't seen much footage of koufax and haven't paid much attention to any mystery/enigma stuff that went on with him over the years. in that clip he seems wise far beyond his years.

just staying (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 November 2021 04:47 (ten months ago) link

His honesty about being high during games, that was pretty audacious. Should have added a couple more things to my dream game: under the lights, lots of movie stars everywhere. Checked Koufax's '65 game log to see if he'd faced Gibson at home, and--even though the Cards faced him three times at Chez Ravine--Gibson never started.

clemenza, Friday, 19 November 2021 15:50 (ten months ago) link

Here you go: Koufax beats Gibson 4-2 at home, 1966.

clemenza, Friday, 19 November 2021 15:55 (ten months ago) link

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