cloudyn.png
Tuesday August 16th, 2022 10:13PM

Koufax gets Dodger Stadium statue next to Jackie Robinson

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Sandy Koufax joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, he was in awe of being on the same team with Jackie Robinson.

Now 67 years later, the two are immortalized in bronze at the entrance to Dodger Stadium.

Koufax's statue was unveiled on Saturday in the Centerfield Plaza before the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Cleveland Guardians. It is the second sculpture the Dodgers have commissioned after Robinson's in 2017.

“At that time sharing this space with him would have been absolutely unimaginable. And today, it’s still one of the greatest honors of my life,” the 86-year-old Koufax said.

Koufax's statue was announced in 2019 and was originally slated to be unveiled the following year, until the coronavirus pandemic put those plans on hold. The Dodgers waited until this year, which might have been more fitting.

It has been 50 years since Koufax was one of the first Dodgers to have his number retired, along with Robinson and Roy Campanella. It is also the golden anniversary of Koufax being the youngest player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Koufax was a two-time World Series MVP with the Dodgers. The lefty won three Cy Young Awards, threw four no-hitters, and was 165-87 in a 12-year career with Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

The 19.5-ton statue was sculpted by Branly Cadet, who also did Robinson's. The sculpture captures Koufax's signature leg kick as he prepares to throw. It also shows Koufax determined and a picture of calm as he is in his windup.

Koufax picked the inspiration image for the statue. He also gripped a baseball and they took a picture of his left hand to perfectly capture that as well.

“I think for me more than anything I wanted to capture his strength, his focus and integrity,” Cadet said. “Although he’s a very quiet and absolute gentleman, there’s a part of him that’s just a fierce competitor.”

Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who faced Koufax during his playing career, and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw also spoke during the ceremony.

“I hope a kid sees the statue and asked his mom or dad about Sandy Koufax and I hope that they tell him he was a great pitcher. But more than that he was a great man who represented the Dodgers with humility, kindness, passion and class,” Kershaw said.

“And for every rookie who sees it for the first time and asks if he was any good. I hope the veterans tell him simply that he was the best ever do it," he said.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Taillon, Hicks lead Yankees to 9th straight win, beat Jays
Jameson Taillon and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Aaron Hicks lined a three-run double and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to nine by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0
6:30PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens
Bitcoin has fallen below $20,000 for the first time since late 2020, in a fresh sign that the selloff in cryptocurrencies is deepening
6:18PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields dies at 85
Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, who shared his insight into American politics and wit on “PBS NewsHour” for decades, has died
6:13PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Verstappen edges Alonso to win pole for Canadian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen overcame slick conditions to win his second pole of the season, and Fernando Alonso used the wet track to earn his first front row start in a decade in rainy qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix
5:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
US Open updates: Scheffler cards double bogey to fall to -4
Scottie Scheffler, is headed back toward the U.S. Open pack after a double bogey on the par-3 11th hole at The Country Club
5:38PM ( 1 hour ago )
US Open updates: Scheffler (-6) eagles No 5 to take lead
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler moved into the lead in the third round of the U.S. Open with an eagle on the fifth hole
5:04PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
LEADING OFF: Rendon out for season, Koufax statue unveiled
Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon needs surgery on his right wrist and once again will have a season cut short by an injury
12:40AM ( 18 hours ago )
Mets' Lindor homers after surprise visit from mom
Francisco Lindor homered after being surprised by his mom’s first visit to see him at Citi Field, Pete Alonso slugged a grand slam during an eventful sixth inning and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 10-4
12:14AM ( 18 hours ago )
Mariners' Ray through 6 no-hit innings vs Angels
Mariners left-hander Robbie Ray has pitched six hitless innings against the Los Angeles Angels
12:06AM ( 18 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Rizzo HR in 9th, Yanks edge Rays for 14th straight home win
Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning and the streaking New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 for their 14th straight home win
10:10PM ( 1 day ago )
LEADING OFF: Braves (14 wins in row) vs Cubs (10 Ls in row)
Austin Riley and the Atlanta Braves aim for their 15th straight win, which would tie for the longest streak in franchise history in the post-1900 era
6:57PM ( 1 day ago )
A's hold off Bosox, avoid sweep for just 2nd win in 15 games
Paul Blackburn continued his road success by pitching sharply into the sixth inning, Christian Bethancourt hit a two-run single and the Oakland Athletics held off the Boston Red Sox 4-3 for just their second victory in 15 games
5:47PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Taillon, Hicks lead Yankees to 9th straight win, beat Jays
Jameson Taillon and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Aaron Hicks lined a three-run double and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to nine by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0
6:30PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens
Bitcoin has fallen below $20,000 for the first time since late 2020, in a fresh sign that the selloff in cryptocurrencies is deepening
6:18PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields dies at 85
Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, who shared his insight into American politics and wit on “PBS NewsHour” for decades, has died
6:13PM ( 36 minutes ago )
US Open updates: Zalatoris shoots 67 for clubhouse lead
Will Zalatoris got up-and-down from a greenside bunker on No. 18 to save par and finish his third round with the lead in the U.S. Open on Saturday
6:12PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Cubs' Contreras gets 3 hits and steal, beats brother, Braves
Willson Contreras had three hits and stole a base in his first game against younger brother William, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3
6:03PM ( 47 minutes ago )