Dandy Sandy turns 80 today, if you can believe it.
Back at the All-Star Game in July, Koufax was anointed — along with Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Johnny Bench — as one of baseball’s greatest living legends.
The MLB Network aired a special moderated by Bob Costas featuring the quarter reminiscing and sharing anecdotes. It was great to see and hear Koufax, who may be, at long last, coming out of his shell.
This year was also the 50th anniversary of his seminal decision not to pitch Game One of the World series because it fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, which I wrote about at length, so there’s no need to go over it again.
So let’s wish Sandy a happy and healthy birthday and 2016 and close with a bit of required reading:
- Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, by Jane Leavey
- Koufax, by Edward Gruver
- Koufax, by Koufax and Ed Linn
- The Sandy Koufax Album, by Howard Liss
- The Baseball Life of Sandy Koufax, by George Vecsey
- Sandy Koufax, Strikeout King, by Arnold Hano
- You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!