The LA Times wrote a story about the great LA sports figures of all time (Click HERE to read). Sandy Koufax is atop that list. That is pretty impressive considering he beat out Magic Johnson, John Wooden, and the NBA logo Jerry West. Personally, with LA’s obsession with the Lakers and Shaq, Kareem, Van Exel, Glen Rice, Devon George, etc I was shocked to see Koufax in the top 10. He was even picked over Tommy Lasorda, the beloved manager.
Obviously, Koufax was amazing, probably the most dominant pitcher of all time (certainly in his prime at very least categorized as unhitable). But over Wayne Gretzky, over Kobe Bryant, over Jerry Buss.
Well hats off to LA for being bold. Also, I would say even making the claim that LA is really at its heart of hearts a Dodgers town. Only player I would have maybe added (maybe because he was a White Sox as well) was Bo Jackson, who could’ve been the greatest.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine