Many baseball players on opposing teams will tell you that Sandy Koufax is harder to hit than any other pitcher. His record as the major leagues' first 20-game winner this season suggests as much.
But Dick Stuart, the freethinker who plays a relaxed first base for the Phillies, disagrees. He estimates he has hit seven or eight home runs off Koufax, "including a grand slam in '59"
"Koufax's motion is easy to follow," explained Stuart. "It's very fluid. I like to hit against him. He's more like a right-hander than a left-hander. I mean he isn't herky-jerky like most left-handers. Also, he tries to strike you out—he challenges you—and any pitcher who tries to strike you out has to throw strikes. This is to the hitter's advantage."
What Stuart seemed to be saying, we think, was that Sandy's perfection is his weakness.