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Sandy Koufax Still Won’t Reveal What He Did on Yom Kippur in 1965

ShutterstoclYomKippurIsraelIt wasn’t a big deal – at first. As The Jewish Week reporter Steve Lipman notes in his rare interview with Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax at the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona, when the athlete turned down Game One of the 1965 World Series because the contest with the Minnesota Twins fell on Yom Kippur, the decision made a minor NYC media impression:

The New York Times and New York Post reported matter-of-factly that he would miss the start because that day was “the holiest Jewish holiday.” The Daily News was on strike that week. This newspaper’s predecessor, the Jewish Week & American Examiner, made no mention of the game.

But, through word of mouth in Jewish circles, everyone knew. Over time, that game assumed mythic proportions.

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Koufax Trumps Magic in LAT Sports Poll

Former Dodger lefty Sandy Koufax was the runaway winner in the Los Angeles Times‘ countdown of the 20 greatest local sports figures.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner received 57 more first-place votes than No. 3 Vin Scully, and 90 more than No. 2 Magic Johnson.

Steve Dilbeck explains why Koufax winning shouldn’t be a surprise to readers:

“He won three Cy Youngs, all unanimously. He pitched four no-hitters, one a perfect game. Was part of three World Series champions.

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Vin Scully Voted Third Greatest LA Sports Figure

And then there was two.

Vin Scully made the list of the Los Angeles Times 20 greatest LA sports figures at No. 3 (though you can make the case he should be ahead of Sandy Koufax) with 263 first-place votes, and 7,141 points:

“Vin Scully is the greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived. What else needs to be said? Even during a Dodgers season that was overshadowed by the Frank and Jamie McCourt news, you knew that it would all melt away when you turned on the TV and heard Scully’s voice.

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Matt Kemp Nominated for Sports Illustrated Honor

Matt Kemp had a career 2011 season (.324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 40 SB) despite a disappointing 82-79 record for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

However, his outstanding play on the field didn’t go unnoticed, as Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter has nominated the Gold Glove center fielder for their “Sportsman of the Year” award:

According to Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement metric, Kemp completed the best season for any player, of any ilk, since Barry Bonds in 2004. His statistics alone should make him a strong contender to be named SI’s Sportsman of the Year. But the circumstances in which Kemp produced his historic season — the unrelenting way in which he brought pride to a legendary franchise that had been all but strip-mined of the stuff — should make him the award winner.

Sports Illustrated will announce its winner on Dec. 6. If Kemp is selected, he would be the third Dodger to win the honor, joining Sandy Koufax (1965) and Orel Hershiser (1988).

LAT In 90 Seconds

37178697-26075441.jpgRabbi Rushfield Quotes Hardy: We are totally and completely in love with Rabbi Richard Rushfield and his ever-weirder recaps of American Idol. This week, he quotes Thomas Hardy’s poem Convergence of the Twain and generally makes us wonder whether he’s writing under the influence of God or scotch.

37180897-26102722.jpgKiss of Death: Richard Widmark, the dashing leading man of 40 films (and father-in-law of Sandy Koufax) died after a long illness. He was 93.

Clint Eastwood Canned: Clint Eastwood and Bobby Shriver have a laugh about the fact that their friend (and in Bobby’s case, brother-in-law) Arnold Schwarzenegger yanked them from the state parks commission.

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“I talked to him the day we were not reappointed, or as Donald Trump would say, ‘You’re fired,’ ” Eastwood said in an interview, his gravelly impression of Schwarzenegger’s Austrian accent producing a kind of Dirty Harry-meets-the Terminator effect.

We live in a weird state.