Prominent Jewish Athletes

Sandy Koufax
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Sandy Koufax

This week is Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. In honor of this holiday, here's a look at prominent Jewish Athletes.

Koufax signed with the Dodgers in 1954 as a bonus baby from University of Cincinnati and pitched 12 seasons in the major leagues. His performance from 1962 to 1966 is arguably the most dominant stretch of any pitcher in baseball history as Koufax went 111-34 with a 1.95 ERA with 100 complete games. He struck out 1,444 and maintained a WHIP of .926, won three Cy Young awards and the 1963 MVP. In 1966, his final season, Koufax went 27-9 and posted the lowest ERA (1.74) of his career.

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