LOS ANGELES – Sandy Koufax, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers as a player in 1955, was in awe to have been on the same team that Jackie Robinson.
Today, 67 years later the two are immortalized by bronze at the Dodger Stadium entrance.
The statue of Koufax was unveiled in the Centerfield Plaza on Saturday, just before theThe faced the . After Robinson's, it is the second sculpture that the Dodgers have ordered.
“In those days, sharing this space with him was impossible.” Today, it's still one my greatest honors,” Koufax, who is 86 years old, stated.
Koufax's statue, originally announced in 2019, was to be unveiled the next year. However, plans were halted by the coronavirus pandemic. This might have been more fitting, as the Dodgers waited to unveil their statue until now.
Koufax was among the first Dodgers, along with Roy Campanella, to have his number retired fifty years ago. It's also the golden anniversary of Koufax, the youngest player to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Koufax was the Dodgers' World Series MVP twice. The lefty won three Cy Young Awards. He also threw four nohitters in his 12-year career with Brooklyn, Los Angeles and was 165-87.
Branly Cadet, also responsible for Robinson's 19.5-ton statue, sculpted it. This sculpture shows Koufax's trademark leg kick while preparing to throw. It also captures Koufax's determination and calmness in his windup.
Koufax chose the image that would inspire the statue. They also took a photo of him holding a baseball to capture this perfectly.
Cadet stated, “I think more for me than anything I wanted capture his strength and his focus on integrity.” “Although Cadet is a quiet, absolute gentleman, there's still a part of him who's just as fierce a competitor.”
Joe Torre was a former Dodgers manager and faced Koufax in his playing career. He is also a Dodgers ace.During the ceremony, she spoke as well.
“I hope that a child sees the statue, asks his parents about Sandy Koufax, and they tell him that he was a great pitcher. Kershaw stated that more than that, he was a great gentleman who represented the Dodgers in humility, kindness and passion.”
“And for every rookie that sees it for their first time and wonders if they are any good. He stated that veterans should simply tell him that he did it the best.