“He won three Cy Youngs, all unanimously. He pitched four no-hitters, one a perfect game. Was part of three World Series champions.
At a time when the Dodgers were capturing the hearts of Los Angeles for the first time, he was at the team’s center, at its core. A love affair blossomed and he was its dark-eyebrowed heartthrob.
And it was much more than numbers. It was the way he was held in awe, not just by fans, but opposing players. The way he demanded the ball. The way he stuck to his personal beliefs. The way he competed. The Left Arm of God, indeed.
He was the greatest left-hander in baseball history and Los Angeles’ first true professional sports megastar. He was so private, it probably added an aura of mystery that only deepened his allure.”
Here’s my Top 5:
1. Magic Johnson
2. Vin Scully
3. John Wooden
4. Sandy Koufax
5. Jerry West
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