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August 23, 1999
Lighten up. Koufax was a wonderful pitcher but a dull guy. I prefer the lively Satchel Paige or Mark Fidrych.—Jack Selzer, University Park, Pa.
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August 23, 1999


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Lighten up. Koufax was a wonderful pitcher but a dull guy. I prefer the lively Satchel Paige or Mark Fidrych.
—Jack Selzer, University Park, Pa.

The Legendary Lefty
By the time I finished reading Tom Verducci's wonderful and wise portrait of Sandy Koufax, my eyes were moist (The Left Arm of God, July 12). I grew up in L.A. in the 1960s and was lucky enough to see Koufax's perfect game. Though he had star quality, he was different from other players. Even then, he was like a phantom. Awesome, brilliant, then gone.
Mitchell Wilson, Berkeley, Calif.

I was born in 1968, two years after Koufax retired. I didn't see him pitch or understand how he dominated opposing hitters. He was merely a legendary name. After reading your article, I realize that not only does baseball today need more players like Koufax, but also the world could use more human beings like him.
Nelson Bae, Los Angeles

Any boy in America who grew up in the 1960s playing baseball got goose bumps when talking about or watching Sandy Koufax.
H.K. Johnson II, Newport, Tenn.

When I was a nine-year-old, Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game and taught me that you can achieve the impossible. When I was 10, he verified what my family and religious school teachers taught me by not pitching on Yom Kippur. His lessons endure.
Stuart Weiss, Los Angeles

It appears that Verducci greatly misjudged the character of this man. How can he proclaim that Koufax "always put team above self" and then remind us how "he refused to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur?"
Craig Lesly, Ventura, Calif.

Before reading your profile of Koufax, I was not entirely sure whether Mr. Koufax was alive or dead. After reading your profile, I am still not sure.
Bill Leffingwell, Silver Spring, Md.

As a fourth-grader in 1963 I was sent to the principal's office when my teacher discovered I was secretly listening to the World Series on a transistor radio through an earphone, the cord concealed in the sleeve of my sweater. Your article on Koufax vividly reminded me why, Goody Two-shoes that I was, I would risk such punishment. By the way, I got to listen to the rest of the game with the principal in his office.
Nancy Turnbull, Brookline, Mass.

For Pete's Sake
Pete Sampras wins his 12th Grand Slam men's singles title by winning his sixth Wimbledon, more than any man this century, and you put Sandy Koufax on your July 12 cover? Who will make your cover when Sampras wins his record-breaking 13th title? Ty Cobb?
Ed Doney, Edmond, Okla.

Hoops D�j� Vu
After reading Jack McCallum's piece on the high school phenom turned pro basketball player Jonathan Bender, it occurred to me that McCallum didn't have much work to do in writing the article {Higher Education, July 12). How difficult can it be to change the names and rearrange the paragraphs in what has become the annual high-school-kid-gets-drafted-by-the-NBA-and-really-hopes-he-makes-it story?
Jason Bock, Oshkosh, Wis.

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