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Sandy Koufax - Remembered As True Champion

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Following his retirement, Koufax worked as a sports commentator for NBC, although that position didn't fit the reserved pitcher very well. On January 1, 1969, Koufax married Anne Heath Widmark; they divorced in the early 1980s. Koufax later married Kim Koufax, though they divorced in the late 1990s. He never had any children.

In 1972, when Koufax was 36, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the youngest player to receive such honors. In 1979, Koufax began working as a coach for the Dodgers, quitting in February 1990.

After leaving baseball, Koufax lived a reclusive, quiet life, making his home in Vero Beach, Florida, the off-season home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He refused to cash in on his fame, appearing rarely in public. Koufax is a modest man who has tried to be forgotten. He tells authors not to write about him. But the very fact that authors are still calling and fans are still clamoring to know him is a testament to the impact he made. Though more than three decades have passed since he hurled his last game, Koufax still enjoys working out at the Dodgers clubhouse, where he has a key.

Though Koufax quit as a Dodgers pitching instructor in 1990, he still coaches players intermittently from time to time. In February 2002, during spring training, Koufax tutored then-Dodger Terry Mulholland on his curveball. Likewise, Koufax has worked wonders with Texas Rangers hurler Chan Ho Park and New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter.

Perhaps former teammate Don Sutton said it best when he told Sports Illustrated, "He was a star who didn't feel he was a star. That's a gift not many people have."

Career Statistics

Yr Team W L ERA GS CG SHO IP H R BB SO
Bk. D: Brooklyn Dodgers; LA D: Los Angles Dodgers (the team relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958).
Pitched in four World Series (1959, 1963, 1965, 1966) for a total of four wins (two of them shutouts) and three losses.
1955 Bk. D 2 2 3.02 5 2 2 41.2 33 15 28 30
1956 Bk. D 2 4 4.91 10 0 0 58.2 66 37 29 30
1957 Bk. D 5 4 3.88 13 2 0 104.1 83 49 51 122
1958 LA D 11 11 4.48 26 5 0 158.2 132 89 105 131
1959 LA D 8 6 4.05 23 6 1 153.1 136 74 92 173
1960 LA D 8 13 3.91 26 7 2 175 133 83 100 197
1961 LA D 18 13 3.52 35 15 2 255.2 212 117 96 269
1962 LA D 14 7 2.54 26 11 2 184.1 134 61 57 216
1963 LA D 25 5 1.88 40 20 11 311 214 68 58 306
1964 LA D 19 5 1.74 28 15 7 223 154 49 53 223
1965 LA D 26 8 2.04 41 27 8 335.2 216 90 71 382
1966 LA D 27 9 1.73 41 27 5 323 241 74 77 317
TOTAL 165 87 2.76 314 137 40 2,324.1 1,754 806 817 2,396
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over 8 years ago

I met Sandy many years ago in a meoghborhood chop house called "Rands", in Coney Island.



At times, he brought along Don rysdale and Johnnie Podres. We had a mutual friend Stewie.



I would love to reconnect with him to say 'hi'.. I live in Sunrise,Florida outh of Vero Beach.



Thanks for your help.



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