Yom Kippur: The day Sandy Koufax said he wouldn’t start a World Series game

Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. In honor of this very solemn holiday, where Jews spend the day in synagogue asking for atonement for the sins of the past year, I am going to do my annual post on Sandy Koufax. Among Jews, he is remembered as more than a great pitcher because of what he did, or more accurately, didn’t do on Yom Kippur...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 2014 Jacob deGrom

2014 TOPPS FINEST AUTOGRAPH REDEMPTION #2 The baseball-card hobby slept on Jacob deGrom. Just about every middling to marginal prospect in the sport is afforded an autographed rookie card in one of the numerous brands under the Topps umbrella, but deGrom and his Samsonian locks were nowhere to be found in the early 2014 sets. He appeared in the 2014 Bowman and Bowman Chrome issues...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy Throws Immaculate Inning

I feel like we’ve been here before. The scene is Tropicana Field and the event…an immaculate inning.  However, this time it wasn’t Tampa Bay Rays reliever Brad Boxberger striking out the side Wednesday night, it was New York Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy doing the deed. In the seventh inning, the righty joined Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Randy Johnson and a number of other...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1980 Pete Falcone

1980 TOPPS PETE FALCONE The Mets record book is one part strict classicism and two parts dark magic. Most of the canonical season and career records are held by your Seavers and Strawberries and such. But many of the more obscure and occasional marks belong to short timers and journeymen. Take, for example, the team record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game. Just this...
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Hutton -- a baseball lifer and enjoying every minute of it

Fifty years ago Tommy Lasorda, then a scout, signed a teenager to the hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. His name? Tommy Hutton. Two years later when Hutton became a September call-up, he played one inning behind Sandy Koufax. His first full season in the big leagues, he shared the same field as Roberto Clemente. Willie Mays was at the tail end of his career. Mike Schmidt and Gary Carter...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

How Clayton Kershaw compares to the greatest pitchers in history

Unless you don't know what baseball is or what its stats mean, you're aware that Clayton Kershaw is having an incredible season. That shouldn't be news to baseball fans, either; should Kershaw maintain his league-leading ERA, it would be the fourth year in a row he's claimed that title, and unless something changes radically this should be the third time in four years...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome archival footage of the 1965 All-Star Game

In 1965, Minnesota hosted its first All-Star Game. Tonight, the state hosts its third midsummer classic. MLB released some archival footage of that 1965 game, which features a number of Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax. It’s really an awesome piece of history, and I love that MLB keeps dangling these historical...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome archival footage from 1965 All-Star Game surfaces

In 1965, Minnesota hosted its first All-Star Game. Tonight, the state hosts its third midsummer classic. MLB released some archival footage of that 1965 game, which features a number of Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax. It’s really an awesome piece of history, and I love that MLB keeps dangling these historical...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax Share The Mound

So its common knowledge today that Clayton Kershaw pitched what might be the best game of the modern era last night at Dodger Stadium. So, I decided to take his triumphant moment and combine it with one of Sandy Koufax‘s 4 no-hitters. Here they are, some 50 years apart–the greatest Dodger then and the greatest Dodger now (be kind, I’m still teaching myself Photoshop): The...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s second no hitter-Detroit, July 15, 1973

By Rob Goldman, Historical Writer - Asked to identify the best pitcher in baseball, Angels broadcaster Don Drysdale replied, “Nolan Ryan has the capabilities, but he’s still a thrower. It’s that way with all young pitchers. It was that way for Sandy Koufax and with me. You start out as a thrower, and then one day a light bulb just pops in your head and you become...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan Ryan’s First No Hitter-Kansas City-May 15, 1973

By Rob Goldman, Historical Writer - Ryan’s 54 strikeouts in April put him well on pace to eclipse Koufax’s 382. He was 3–1 for the month, but following a victory over Detroit in extra innings on May 2, he dropped his next two starts. It wasn’t until May 11, in a rare relief appearance against Chicago, that he got back on track. When the Angels trooped into...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays 4, Indians 2: Happ-less against another lefty

Stop me if you heard this one before. A soft tossing lefty who hasn’t been great, sees the Indians and turns himself into the second coming of Sandy Koufax. Toronto’s JA Happ made his third start of the year. The last time out, he didn’t make it out of the third inning, giving up four runs on seven hits, including two homers in a 5-3 loss to the Angels. Naturally a night after...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Vin Scully throws first pitch to Sandy Koufax

This is a great highlight from the weekend.  Even though it’s not much of a throw and more of a handoff, the amount of baseball history here between Vin Scully and Sandy Koufax is beyond description. [Dodgers]
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vin Scully throws great first pitch to Sandy Koufax

From one living legend to another, Vin Scully threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Koufax and it was absolutely perfect.
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Interview: Dodger Legend Norm Sherry and

You may have seen this amazing piece of artwork below. / and Greg Harris has really drawn up some amazing interest and excitement through his project. Contacted to this achievement has been his ability to help non-profits raise money. We spoke with Greg and he put us in touch with Norm Sherry as a way to collaborate. If you are a baseball fan you need...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Q and A with Johnny Goryl

Probably the most fascinating person in the entire Cleveland Indians organization to talk to is Johnny Goryl. He is not a Hall of Famer and never was an All Star. He only played in 276 Major League games over six seasons and was just a career .225 hitter. But Goryl played in an era that had the likes of Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and so many other stars...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story on SportsTime Ohio

SportsTime Ohio will air Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story, premiering Thursday, March 13th at 3:00pm. This hour-long documentary profiles the life and baseball career of Cleveland Indians legend, four-time All-Star and 1953 American League MVP Al Rosen. In the special, Rosen, a one-time collegiate and Golden Gloves boxer, pulls no punches in interviews conducted with the film...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Larry King to join SportsNet LA

Here's something you don't hear every day. Long-time talk show host Larry King will be fronting a new show for the Los Angeles Dodgers-centric SportsNet LA channel. It will premiere on March 18 and be called "Larry King at Bat." He says he'll speak with celebrities and players from a Dodger point of view (would you expect anything less on a Dodgers-centric...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax hit in the head with line drive

Former Los Angeles Dodgers legend, and Spring Training advisor, Sandy Koufax was struck on the head this morning during routine drills at the Dodgers camp in Phoenix, AZ.  Los Angeles Times beat writer Dylan Hernandez first tweeted a photo of Koufax watching fellow-lefty (and recently rich) Clayton Kershaw, then moments later tweeted a photo of Koufax being carted off the field...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodger Legend Sandy Koufax Takes A Foul Ball Off His Head

[HT:]This is a bit scary.Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax took and line drive foul ball of the bat of Andre Eithier off his head at Dodgers spring training camp during batting practice Friday.Here's a photo of Koufax after the incident."I'm fine." Koufax said an hour later.After a CT scan Koufax returned to the Dodgers spring training camp. According to the Dodger...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Ethier hits Sandy Koufax in head with foul ball (Photo)

A scary moment occurred during Friday's Los Angeles Dodgers spring training camp session in Phoenix when outfielder Andre Ethier accidentally struck legend Sandy Koufax in the head with a foul ball.Photo via Twitter / @dylanohernandez.According to LA Times Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez, "Koufax was bleeding but conscious. Smiling as trainers drove him to minor league...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sandy Koufax drilled by line drive, taken off field for treatment

Baseball legend Sandy Koufax is recovering from a scare Friday in Los Angeles Dodgers training camp. Koufax, 78, was struck in the forehead by a line drive. The frightening incident came while Koufax was watching a Dodgers prospect warm up at the team's Phoenix complex. Andre Ethier, who was taking batting practice nearby, drilled a foul ball toward Koufax. The ball struck...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sandy Koufax Hit In Head By Line Drive At Dodgers Spring Training (Photo)

Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Andre Ethier at Los Angeles Dodgers spring training camp in Arizona on Friday. Sandy Koufax hit in the head by a foul ball.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 21, 2014 Koufax was standing near the bullpen when the foul ball struck him, and although he suffered a...
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax bloodied after Andre Ethier foul ball drills him in the head (photo)

Sandy Koufax hit in the head by a foul ball. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 21, 2014 Sandy Koufax, Hall of Famer and beloved Dodgers legend who played his entire career with the team — in Brooklyn and then in L.A. — was injured on Friday when a foul ball off the bat of […]The post Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax bloodied after Andre Ethier...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sandy Koufax defends Yasiel Puig’s showmanship.

Dodgers’ legend Sandy Koufax defended Yasiel Puig’s style of play this week, saying that he doesn’t mind Puig’s theatrics as long as they do not result in mistakes. “If the showmanship doesn’t involve bad decisions, yeah, it’s fine,” Koufax said. “People love it.” Koufax is widely considered one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball and his opinion is...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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