Sandy Koufax

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Sure, nice guys can win — if they're nice guys with a lot of talent.

Sandy Koufax (born Sanford Braun on 30 December 1935) is an American left-handed former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966.

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If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews.
  • I don't regret one minute of the last twelve years, but I do believe I would regret one minute too many. … I don’t know if cortisone is good for you or not. But to take a shot every other ball game is more than I wanted to do and to walk around with a constant upset stomach because of the pills and to be high half the time during a ball game because you’re taking painkillers … I don’t want to have to do that.
    • A 1966 press conference explaining why he chose to retire from baseball following the 1966 season, as quoted in Baseball: An Illustrated History (1996) by Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward, p. 390
  • You are part of an entertainment, but you are not really an entertainer. But I enjoyed it, probably more than people enjoyed watching it. I thank the fans for enjoying it with me.
    • Reviewing his playing career to Washington Post sportswriter Thomas Boswell, in 1979.
  • The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews.
    • As quoted in How Life Imitates the World Series: An Inquiry Into the Game (1982) by Thomas Boswell, p. 52
  • Pitching is the art of instilling fear.
    • As quoted in Involvements : One Journalist's Place in the World (1984) by Colman McCarthy, p. 243
  • A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that's the definition of a good pitcher.
    • As quoted in 22 Success Lessons from Baseball (2003) by Ron White, p.43
  • In the end it all comes down to talent. You can talk all you want about intangibles, I just don't know what that means. Talent makes winners, not intangibles. Can nice guys win? Sure, nice guys can win — if they're nice guys with a lot of talent. Nice guys with a little talent finish fourth, and nice guys with no talent finish last.
    • As quoted in Total Baseball : The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball (2001) by John Thorn, p. 2468
  • Show me a guy who can't pitch inside and I'll show you a loser.
    • As quoted in Late Innings (1992) by Roger Angell, p. 358
  • The only time I really try for a strikeout is when I'm in a jam. If the bases are loaded with none out, for example, then I'll go for a strikeout. But most of the time I try to throw to spots. I try to get them to pop up or ground out. On a strikeout I might have to throw five or six pitches, sometimes more if there are foul-offs. That tires me. So I just try to get outs. That's what counts — outs. You win with outs, not strikeouts.
    • As quoted by Jack Orr in My Greatest Day in Baseball', and Baseball's Greatest Quotations : An Illustrated Treasury (2008) by Paul Dickson, p. 302

Quotes about Koufax[edit]

  • Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
    • Willie Stargell as quoted by Ray Fitzgerald of the Boston Globe in Baseball Digest (May 1972)

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