Koufax wouldnt break sweat at high noon in Needles. He graduated from electric/erratic status in Brooklyn to become Los Angeles athletic icon of the 1960s. Koufax was everything cool is: mysterious, elusive and evocative. Think Greta Garbo with an Uncle Charlie that buckled your knees. He refused to pitch a World Series game on a Jewish holiday and walked away, left arm throbbing, in his prime, after winning 27 games. It was luck his only perfect game was even captured on film, and luckier Vin Scully painted all his masterpieces.
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