Baseball: Their Greatest Player-Los Angeles Dodgers

@JohnRoberts (44632)
Los Angeles, California
May 16, 2016 9:48am CST
Sandy Koufax still inspires awe even among young pitchers who were not alive when he was active. His exploits on the mound are legendary and Koufax is idolized by Randy Johnson and generations of pitchers. His 12- year career with the Dodgers was unusual. He came up with Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles. Koufax was a disappointment his first six seasons as he was wild and erratic. Then he found control and the strike zone. Koufax put together the most dominating six seasons any pitcher has ever enjoyed: six-time All-Star, three Cy Young Awards, league MVP, World Series MVP and four no-hitters. His final season in 1966 saw 27-9, 1.70 era and 317 K's. Injury cut short his career at age 30 and one can only imagine what might have been. How intimidating was Koufax throwing over 100 mph: Willie Mays wanted the day off!
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@GardenGerty (93619)
• Marion, Kansas
16 May 16
Athletes seem to often experience a shortened career. I remember the name although I do not really follow sports.
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@teamfreak16 (37855)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 16
Steve Garvey would likely get a few votes if this were a poll, but yeah, Koufax is the man!
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@JohnRoberts (44632)
• Los Angeles, California
16 May 16
Don Drysdale and Fernando Valenzuela would still rank ahead of Garvey!
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@teamfreak16 (37855)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 16
@JohnRoberts - Whoops, I forgot all all about them.
@Ronrybs (6938)
• London, England
16 May 16
I've heard Sandy Koufax mentioned, but didn't really know what he did. I've been to LA three times and never seen the stadium!
@JohnRoberts (44632)
• Los Angeles, California
16 May 16
You have to look up from the freeway to see Dodger Stadium otherwise it's tucked away. Griffith Observatory is nearby.
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@Ronrybs (6938)
• London, England
16 May 16
@JohnRoberts I've been to the observatory! But I didn't know what to look for
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@JohnRoberts (44632)
• Los Angeles, California
16 May 16
@Ronrybs Dodger Stadium is tucked away in Chevaz Ravine whereas other ballparks are front and center downtown. Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean was filmed at the observatory.
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@amadeo (53895)
• United States
16 May 16
I remember him well John.
@DianneN (66399)
• United States
16 May 16
I remember hearing of him.