Koufax Facts, from Dan Grossman

November 2, 2012 |

 I once saw Koufax pitch.

In his honor, here are some tidbits:

He was signed by the Dodgers for a $14,000 bonus and $6,000 annual salary.

His career was, of course, before free agency. When he and Drysdale were at top of their careers and held out together (refused to report to Spring training for six weeks), he eventually settled for a $125,000 salary.

Inside baseball language in those days was not very PC (perhaps still isn't). In 1965, when big decision for first game of World Series was whether to start Koufax or Drydale, manager Walter Alston came into clubhouse and announced, "I'm going with the Jew."

Notwithstanding modest earnings, lack of endorsements and very limited TV career, he retired to Maine and seemed to live a distinguished, very private post-baseball life.

He married, and eventually divorced, a highly attractive daughter of actor Richard Widmark.

I was saddened to see that, through the advice of his childhood friend Mets-owner Fred Wilpon, Koufax lost a considerable amount investing with Bernie Madoff.





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