The Dodgers unveiled a statue honoring Koufax on Saturday, calling upon the franchise’s rich history to honor perhaps the greatest left-handed pitcher of all-time.
It all seemed so fitting — Jackie Robinson sliding into home plate, Sandy Koufax with his signature leg kick before firing a wicked curveball to the dish — facing each other as each are now forever a part of Dodger Stadium lore.
“An African American athlete from Pasadena,” Dodgers radio broadcaster Charley Steiner said, “is about to be joined by a Jewish left-hander from Brooklyn,” each having made their impact for the franchise in the place the other called home. Two icons in two cities, titans in a franchise renowned for its history.
The Dodgers unveiled a statue honoring Koufax on Saturday, calling upon the franchise’s rich history to honor perhaps the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time, just over 50 years after the franchise retired its first numbers: Koufax, Robinson, and Roy Campanella.
“It’s one of the greatest honors of my life,” Koufax said Saturday.
The likeness, created by the same man who was commissioned to sculpt Robinson’s statue in 2015, Branly Cadet, was unveiled to a crowd and broadcast live as peers, mentees and the like ranging from current franchise icon Clayton Kershaw, to former Dodgers manager (who played against Koufax) Joe Torre came together to honor the Hall of Famer.
In Koufax’s 12 seasons with the Dodgers in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Koufax made 397 starts, hurling 137 complete games with a career 2.76 ERA as part of three World Series winners. At the time of his retirement, no pitcher had thrown more no-hitters than Koufax’s four, including a perfect game in his penultimate season in 1965.Dodgers unveil statue honoring Sandy Koufax - The Athletic View Story