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n 1965 a story formulated that for many Jews is on par with biblical magic. The story states that on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar (to most Jews anyway), the greatest baseball pitcher of all-time, Sandy Koufax, put religion before baseball and sat out the first game of the World Series. Most Jews, baseball fans or people with access to the Internet have heard this story. Jewish religious school teachers always teach this story in their classrooms this time of year. But this article is not about whether Koufax pitched or did not pitch, we have an answer to that; the question is if Koufax was not on the mound on October 6th 1965, then where was he?
Got Spring Fever? Come out to The Theatres @ MOA on 3/30 to see a special screening of Jews and Baseball – part of the 2011 Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival
In search of the next great Jewish ballplayer, I don’t find it in Ike Davis of the New York Mets.
Sandy Koufax buys his pants at the Banana Republic Outlet and I am there to witness the whole thing.