From Fox Sports on October 27, 2015, with mention of SABR members Jane Leavy and Steven Goldman:
Fifty years after Sandy Koufax pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Championship with shutouts in Games 5 and 7, we invited three of our favorite writers to reflect on Koufax’s singular performance…
Jane Leavy: The 1965 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers is remembered chiefly for what didn’t happen: Sandy Koufax did not pitch Game 1 because it fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. That act of filial devotion elevated Koufax to the pantheon of patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Sandee! – bestowed upon him an unwanted reputation for religiosity, and might have obscured accomplishments that ought to be inscribed in the baseball book of life.
The Series opened in Minneapolis on October 6. Back on August 22, bad blood between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants had turned to spilled blood at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, where the two pennant contenders and perennial arch-rivals sent their best pitchers to the mound: Juan Marichal and Sandy Koufax.
Originally published: October 29, 2015. Last Updated: October 29, 2015.