Dandy Sandy

Dandy Sandy

To show how much this 50-year-old event still resonates with the Jewish community (“The Koufax moment: Remembering the Dodgers ace’s Yom Kippur decision 50 years later,” Sept. 17), Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell has set up a display case featuring the “Sandy Koufax moment,” including a complete set of Koufax baseball cards, programs from the 1965 World Series, a
Life magazine cover featuring Koufax, and more.

The NJJN article was a wonderful commemoration but my favorite bit of lore from the Koufax episode came from Don Drysdale, the other Dodger Hall of Fame pitcher who pitched in Koufax’s place. He  was shellacked in the first World Series game, and when his manager, Walter Alston, came to the mound to take him out of the game, Drysdale is reported to have quipped, “Skip, I bet you wish I was Jewish, too.”

Phil Kruger

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