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Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax Chose His Faith Over The World Series And Still Won It All

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 10.04.2014 | Sports

On the field, Sandy Koufax wasn't just any baseball player. Off the field, he wasn't viewed that way either. The Hall of Fame pitcher isn't just remem...

Sandy And Vin Teamed Up For The Most Adorable MLB Moment Of The Year

Posted 04.04.2014 | Sports

Sandy Koufax has thrown more than his share of memorable pitches at Dodger Stadium but this time he caught one. The 78-year-old lefty was in the u...

Death of Father of 'Tommy John Surgery' Highlights Tommy John's Hall of Fame Credentials

Al Eisele | Posted 05.07.2014 | Sports
Al Eisele

Tommy John won more games than 39 of the 59 pitchers enshrined in Cooperstown, including such greats as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Catfish Hunter, Jim Palmer, Jim Bunning and Don Drysdale.

'A Combination You Don't Always See'

AP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sandy Koufax wasn't wearing a Dodgers uniform when he walked around the practice fields Monday at the team's spring training ...

These Pro Athletes Gave Up Sports For Reasons You'd Never Believe

The Huffington Post | Jordan Schultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports

We often assume that successful professional athletes will play out their careers until they are truly no longer able to compete. Whether their endura...

The Hebrew Hammers

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.05.2013 | Sports
Peter Dreier

According to the authoritative Jewish Baseball News, the 15 Jewish players on major league rosters batted .254 during the regular season that just ended.

How Will Jewish Ballplayers Handle the Yom Kippur Quandry?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.13.2013 | Sports
Peter Dreier

One of American Jews' great traditions -- not found in the Bible or any other sacred book -- is fretting over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play on the high holidays, particularly Yom Kippur, the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar.

Do They Play Baseball in Heaven?

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Jews are told they have to spend an additional 40 years wandering in the desert. But was this really a punishment? The answer may make you think twice about what you wish for.

The Jewish Obsession With Jewish Baseball Players

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The infatuation that Jews have with Jewish baseball players has led to books dedicated to the topic as well as entire sets of baseball trading cards.

A Well Deserved Championship for the Dominican Republic

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.21.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

It is hard to imagine baseball over the last half century without the contributions of people like Marichal, the Alou brothers, Tony Fernandez, Joaquin Andujar, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and so many others.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Len Berman

Serena Williams is out at the Australian Open, beaten by 19-year old American Sloane Stephens. (Williams took it out on her racket.) Stephens, Victoria Azarenka, Roger Federer and Andy Murray all reached the semis.

9 Jewish Jocks And Their Fascinating Tales

Marc Tracy | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Marc Tracy

Jewish engagement with sports is little different from Jewish engagement with film, literature, music, law, or most anything else: a few genuine talents here; some brilliant, innovative, influential minds there; and fascinating characters throughout.

Who Are the Greatest Jewish Baseball Players of All Time?

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.23.2012 | Sports
Peter Dreier

One of American Jews' great traditions -- not found in the Bible or any other sacred book -- is fretting over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play in the World Series on the high holidays. This year, they won't have to worry.

Hall-Of-Famer May Take The Mound In Madoff Case

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business

* Trial over New York Mets owners' ties to Madoff * Trustee and defense list potential witnesses * Madoff investor Koufa...

Allen Iverson Broke? He'd Be Far From First Star Athlete To Face Ruin

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

For professional athletes, the glory of victory may last forever, but the money they earn getting that win certainly doesn't. A Georgia judge garn...

Don't Play Ball: Why Sandy Koufax Sat Out The World Series On Yom Kippur

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

As counterintuitive as it may seem, the power of not-doing possesses a purity and a truth that doing cannot rival. Giving is easy. Doing is easy. Movement is easy. What's difficult is stopping.

Following the Fun of the Fireballers

Tim Wendel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Tim Wendel

With baseball's Opening Day upon us, following the fun is the best way to begin a new season. Nothing can turn around a team's fortunes faster than a pitcher who can really bring it.

Duke Snider -- Farewell, My Hero

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Robert E. Murphy

They played more than half a century ago, so most of them are gone, the Brooklyn Dodgers that I knew. This one hurts. For me and most of the kids of the 1950s, he was the one. Our hero.

Of Dice and Men

Jeff Polman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jeff Polman

I first see the line while crossing Fifth Avenue: dozens of grown men in multi-colored parkas and baseball caps, waiting in sub-freezing temperatures to honor their hero. I won't lie. I'm one of them.

Re-Creating Sandy Koufax's Perfect Game Out Of Gingerbread

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

UPDATE: Rebecca Elias, one of the four siblings who started the ritual, contacted us with photos of the gingerbread assembly process. Leonard Elias, N...

Classical Music Media Sighting: Felix Mendelssohn Introduces Interview With Sandy Koufax

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Heralding the Sandy Koufax segment in Jews and Baseball, the perky opening bars of the "Allegro vivace" movement from Moses' grandson Felix Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony pipe up.

House of Cards

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Glenn C. Altschuler

I'm talking about baseball cards. In 1962, from Opening Day through the World Series, the twelve-year-old kids in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn used them as currency.

Sporting Grace: The Zen of Spectatorship

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Philip Goldberg

If you bring to sports a spiritual intention and a fully attentive mind, a game is more than a game; it's a step on the soul's ladder of progress, win or lose. Play ball!

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

Some important hockey equipment has gone missing. The stick and gloves used by Sidney Crosby when he scored the gold medal winning goal in Vancouver.

Vin Scully's Last Innings

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robert E. Murphy

Vin Scully, if he is as decent a man as I think he is, must know that the Dodgers' flight from Brooklyn for 300 acres of central Los Angeles was a shameful maneuver.