Sportsman of the Year


 

  S andy," I said, "I've heard it said that you're just another pitcher, that you put your pants on one leg at a time like everybody else. Now, tell me the truth, Sandy, do you put your pants on one leg at a time?" "No," he said. "I have a special rack in my bedroom. I'll show it to you. I balance on the bed and then....jump! It plays hell on the cuffs."

Photograph by Walter Iooss Jr
Text by Alfred Wright

Sandy Koufax pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to the 1965 World Championship, despite a debilitating elbow injury. Koufax retired from professional baseball in 1966, having accumulated a 165-87 record with 40 shutouts and a 2.76 ERA. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Now 61, he lives in Vero Beach, FL.

 
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