American left-handed former pitcher in Major League Baseball
Sanford "Sandy" Koufax (pronounced /ˈkoʊfæks/) (born Sanford Braun, on December 30, 1935) is an American left-handed former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, … see full wiki
Koufax was so good that even though his arm was deteriorating, he could still completely overpower hitters. Two of the most fitting attributes came from other people in baseball. After pitcher Tommy John underwent surgery on his pitching arm he said, "I told them to put in Koufax's fastball and they did, but it was Mrs. Koufax." The plate umpire of the seventh game of the 1965 World Series where Koufax pitched a shutout against the offense-laden Twins lineup despite intense pain and using only fastballs called it the greatest pitching performance he had ever seen. In the modern world where 200 innings a season is considered a heavy load for a pitcher, Koufax three 335 innings in 1965 and 323 in 1966. This was with an arm that was becoming so arthritic he was relying on painkillers to be able to pitch. Despite his short career, his career stats still rank him very high. Without question he was the greatest pitcher of the 1960's.