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February 28, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Dodgers will celebrate their 100th anniversary season without the most celebrated pitcher in franchise history, as Sandy Koufax confirmed Tuesday that he has severed his ties with the organization. Koufax, a Hall of Fame member who served as a minor league pitching instructor since 1979, said he has resigned because he is weary of the job. Although Dodger officials called it a one-year sabbatical, Koufax said he has placed no time frame on the resignation.
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April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
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June 28, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Most Dodgers fans know of Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs in 1965 along with the two World Series MVPs and three Cy Young Awards. The Dodgers gave out Sandy Koufax bobbleheads to the first 50,000 fans Thursday night. But some things get lost in the legend of No. 32. Koufax wasn't even born a Koufax. He was born Sanford Braun, but took the name of his stepfather after his parents divorced and his mother remarried. Koufax went to the University of Cincinnati, where he walked on to the basketball team and earned a partial scholarship.
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March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
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January 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Tom Lasorda and Maury Wills applauded the Dodgers' hiring of former teammate Sandy Koufax , who will be a special advisor to Chairman Mark Walter. “I think it's great,” Lasorda said. “Having Sandy here is always a great move. He's very popular and one of the greatest pitchers that ever wore a Dodgers uniform.” Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager, is one of three other special advisors to Walter. Former pitcher Don Newcombe and Dr. Frank Jobe also share the same title.
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October 20, 2002 | JOSH KARP
Willie Stargell called hitting against Sandy Koufax like "trying to drink coffee with a fork." And so it was. Koufax, the hype-aversive legend sometimes dubbed "the J.D. Salinger of baseball," dominated the sport from 1962-1966 like no pitcher before or since. He made his mark off the field as well, refusing to pitch on Yom Kippur and retiring at his peak in 1966, after 12 years with the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers, to avoid further injuring his arthritic left elbow.
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February 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - A few hours after he was struck in the head by a line drive, Sandy Koufax walked out of the Dodgers spring-training complex Friday afternoon with a smile on his face. “I'm fine,” he said. Koufax said he underwent a CT scan to rule out internal bleeding. The Hall of Famer joked that he might return the next day wearing the new protective cap for pitchers. Andre Ethier was relieved Koufax wasn't seriously injured. Ethier batted the ball that hit Koufax. “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second,” Ethier said.
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April 2, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. Hollywood doesn't love the Dodgers? Check out the video the team unleashed Monday just before their season opener against the Giants. This puppy took some work, and includes superstar athletes (and race car drivers), comedians, movie and TV stars, singers, a rapper and two kids known for being cute. It was nicely conceived by Dodgers employees Jon Chapper and Cat Belanger, and features the following in order of appearance supposedly throwing a baseball around to get it to Dodger Stadium for the first-pitch ceremony: Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan, Dustin Brown, Wayne Gretzky, George Lopez, Kevin Hart, McKayla Maroney, Sophia Grace & Rosie, Snoop Dog (Lion)
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February 28, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
It started with a verbal kick. T.J. Simers asked Sandy Koufax where he'd been, said Koufax could have made millions off his name, hammered home the point. "Where did you go for 45 years?" Simers asked Koufax. "Went home," Koufax said. "This is going to be a short program," Simers said. It wasn't. Dodgers Manager Joe Torre and Koufax, the little-seen but much-remembered Dodgers' Hall of Fame pitcher, shared a stage Saturday night at the Nokia Theatre LA Live.
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February 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Sandy Koufax pitched in an era when major league baseball players didn't flip their bats or admire their home runs. You know, the types of things Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig did last season as a rookie that infuriated some opponents. Koufax, 78, who is in his second year as a special advisor to team owner Mark Walter, was visiting the Dodgers' spring-training complex Monday when he was asked about Puig's theatrics. "If the showmanship doesn't involve bad decisions, yeah, it's fine," he said.
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March 27, 2014 | By Jay Jones
“Play Ball!” is echoing through a Philadelphia museum in a new exhibit about minorities in Major League Baseball that opens just as the 2014 season begins to unfold. “ Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American ”  is the name of the just-opened exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History that chronicles the significant roles that Jews and members of other minority groups played -- and continue to play -- in America's favorite pastime. The museum shares with visitors how some of the game's biggest names on and off the field  had to overcome adversity and prejudice.
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March 8, 2014 | BILL SHAIKIN
Frank Jobe batted third at Cooperstown last summer, in the annual awards ceremony on the Saturday before the induction ceremony. Paul Hagen led off, a distinguished baseball writer from Philadelphia. Shirley Cheek followed, the widow of the late Tom Cheek, a beloved broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. The names of Paul Hagen and Tom Cheek would be forever displayed within the Hall of Fame. Jobe's award did not come with a permanent place inside the Hall of Fame -- an error that ought to be rectified forthwith -- but the good doctor nonetheless was delighted with his moment in the Cooperstown sun. Jobe rose to his feet, slowly.
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February 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Sandy Koufax was struck in the head by a line drive Friday morning, but walked out of the Dodgers' spring-training complex a few hours later with a smile on his face. "I'm fine," Koufax said. The Hall of Famer was watching rookie right-hander Ross Stripling warm up in the bullpen at one of the practice fields when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Andre Ethier . "I never saw it," Koufax said. "It's one that has your name on it in the morning. " Koufax, 78, is in the camp as a special instructor.
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February 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Poor Andre Ethier, we knew him well. Hope he enjoys his next stop in Houston, or Siberia, or Guantanamo Bay, or wherever he's headed. If you're a Dodger, there are just certain things in life you never do. You don't take the last plate of pasta away from Tommy Lasorda, you don't criticize Vin Scully and you never, ever do any harm to Sandy Koufax. Alas, Ethier is now guilty of the third, and it's too bad, because I always kinda liked him, whichever Ethier he was that day. But Friday during batting practice at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, Ethier had the misfortune of sending a line drive off the head of Koufax . Amazingly, no blue bolt crackled from the heavens to strike Ethier down.
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February 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - A few hours after he was struck in the head by a line drive, Sandy Koufax walked out of the Dodgers spring-training complex Friday afternoon with a smile on his face. “I'm fine,” he said. Koufax said he underwent a CT scan to rule out internal bleeding. The Hall of Famer joked that he might return the next day wearing the new protective cap for pitchers. Andre Ethier was relieved Koufax wasn't seriously injured. Ethier batted the ball that hit Koufax. “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second,” Ethier said.
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February 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Sandy Koufax pitched in an era when major league baseball players didn't flip their bats or admire their home runs. You know, the types of things Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig did last season as a rookie that infuriated some opponents. Koufax, 78, who is in his second year as a special advisor to team owner Mark Walter, was visiting the Dodgers' spring-training complex Monday when he was asked about Puig's theatrics. "If the showmanship doesn't involve bad decisions, yeah, it's fine," he said.
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February 25, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Catching up on some items on the web: -- Sandy Koufax lets Yahoo's David Brown know he's not all thrilled about being part of the 'Big Lebowski' lore. -- Sore-elbowed Chad Billingsley tells the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett: “I'm going to be like Takashi Saito. ” -- The one guy the Dodgers didn't want to give up in that blockbuster trade with Boston last summer, Rubby De La Rosa, has impressed Pedro Martinez: “He has an opportunity to be someone special.” -- Tampa Rays manager Joe Maddon likes his early view of James Loney , calling him a “good gamble for the Rays.” -- Feelin' Kinda Blue's Dustin Nosler has unearthed the White Sox video of Hyun-Jin Ryu's spring debut with the Dodgers on Sunday.
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May 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new person will be listed as we count down all 20. Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot.
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February 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw could pitch in three of the Dodgers' first six regular-season games, as a season-opening trip to Australia has created some abnormalities in the team's schedule. Kershaw could theoretically face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22, start the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30 and pitch in the Dodgers' home opener April 4. But Manager Don Mattingly sounded as if he opposed the idea, and not only because of how it would postpone the season debuts of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren.
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January 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. Like it's not cool enough to be a young Dodgers pitching star and win a second Cy Young Award in three years, how about being presented the award by Sandy Koufax? Kershaw was given his second National League Cy Young award over the weekend in New York, and there to present it was none other than Koufax. When the Dodgers' greatest left-hander spoke about the current one, Koufax wanted to make it clear that Kershaw was not his special project.
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