LA Dodgers Pitcher
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some 100 mph fastballs. Let’s have a cannon up there firing away. LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax was like having a clipper ship with guns mounted on the side blazing cannonballs at the opposing ships. When Koufax threw a fastball it lit up the crowd in the stadium. It was like Pirates of the
Sandy Koufax is considered one of the greatest pitchers ever to play the game. His nickname was "The Left Arm of God" or “Cannonball Koufax.” He played his entire career with the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers retiring in 1966 because of arthritis in his left elbow at age 30. As it has been said, “the barrel of his cannon got too hot.”
Here is my version of a story about Koufax that I found on Wired "Cruel Curveball Science; Nasty Koufax" BY DAVID DOBBS
Sandy Koufax verses Mickey Mantle
Koufax had to face Mickey Mantel of the New York Yankees in the first game of the 1963 World Series, Dodgers verses Yankees — Koufax faces Mantle three times. Mantles first at-bat Koufax strikes out Mantle firing off the the cannons – ripping him apart with his fastballs.
Second time at bat Mantle has two strikes against him. The card on Mantle is,…do not throw him a curve ball. Don’t. Do not do it. It’s like throwing gold coins at Captain Jack. He’s going to get ‘em. No curveball. The catcher signs Koufax for the fastball. Koufax shakes him off. The catcher pulls out his Navy semaphores and starts madly waving signals, again for the fastball. Twice he signals him.
shakes them off. Catcher figures it out
and flags for the curveball. Okay, he
gets it. Sandy wants to throw the no-no pitch to
Mantle. Sandy is going to hook him.
What was Koufax’s curveball like? Some consider his hooker the best curveball ever thrown. It came in high at the chin and tacked across home plate from top to bottom like a ship running the trade winds into the Antarctic. The pitch dropped like an anchor to Mantle’s knees. Mantle just stares at it. Doesn’t even blink. All he feels is the wind.
Umpire: “Strike three.”
Mantle glares around at the umpire. “How the fuck is anybody supposed to hit that shit?” And walks back to the dugout." (quote attributed to David Dobbs)
About the Sandy Koufax Painting
The baseball art of Sandy Koufax painting by sports artist John Robertson is painted with acrylic inks on drafting film. The overall size is 11" x 14"
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