Jewish Journal


February 5, 2009

Koufax got swindled by Madoff, too



As if there weren’t already enough big names on the Bernard Madoff hit list, you can add Sandy Koufax, who rivals Einstein for most popular Jew from the 20th century. Little details as of yet. This isn’t surprising. Koufax has become notoriously press shy since his days as a celebrity in Dodger blue. Here’s what the AP found out:

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, a high school baseball teammate and friend of New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, was among the clients who invested with Bernard Madoff, according to a court filing released Wednesday night.

More than two dozen accounts involving the Mets, their owners and companies affiliated with their owners were listed, many with addresses at Shea Stadium.

Koufax attended Lafayette High School along with Wilpon in the 1950s and the two remain close. Koufax usually shows up each year at the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Tim Teufel also was on the list. The former Mets infielder was hired this week as manager of their St. Lucie farm team in the Florida State League.

Among the entities that had accounts with Madoff were Sterling Mets, the Mets Limited Partnership, the New York Mets Foundation and Sterling Doubleday — the entity that owned the team when Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday were partners.

No amounts were listed in the filing, made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

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