Sandy Koufax, the lefty Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, was an exceptional athlete. He was a four-time World Series champion. He was a National League MVP. He was an All-Star for six seasons. He was the youngest three-time Cy Young winner, and the youngest player ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Like all exceptional athletes, Koufax is remembered, discussed and revered long after his professional retirement. But unlike other exceptional athletes, Sandy Koufax is not only a figure for the ages — a pivotal character for generations of baseball fanatics past and present. For many Jews, Sandy Koufax is just as relevant today as he was 50 years ago, at the height of his career.