Baseball Card of the Week: Sandy Koufax
I usually reserve the Card of the Week for some ballplayer who has just done something extraordinary. This week, though, I thought we might do something just a little bit different.
See, it was recently revealed that among the hundreds and hundreds of people connected to Bernard Madoff and his big bad Ponzi scheme are a few sports figures, including New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and New York Mets douchebag Tim Teufel.
One name really stood out to me, though, and that name is Sandy Koufax. So, in the interest of trying to soften the blow that Mr. Koufax has undoubtedly suffered, I'm going to make his day.
Sandy, this is your big moment.
This is a 1955 Sandy Koufax rookie card by the Topps company. It is, without a doubt, one of the most desirable baseball cards in existence.
For instance, in his twelfth and final year in the major leagues, Koufax threw 323 innings, giving up only 241 hits and 77 walks, for a WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched), of .985 to go along with 317 strikeouts and a 1.73 ERA. Amazingly enough, that wasn't even his best year.
Also, check out one of my favorite websites, pitchingclips.com, for more footage. In particular, look at the side-by-side comparison of his fastball and curve. You want to know why Koufax was one of the best? That's why, right there.
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