Sandy Koufax Biography: Age, Height, Parents, Wife, Family, Net Worth – Sandy Koufax is an American former professional baseball player.
|Wife:||Jane Purucker Clarke|
|Date of Birth:||December 30, 1935|
|Net Worth:||$10 million|
Sandy Koufax Biography
Sandy Koufax was born on December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, and was focused on a career in basketball rather than baseball initially.
Koufax attended Lafayette High School, where he was better known for basketball than for baseball. He started playing basketball for the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst community center team, winning a few local titles with them.
After a teacher’s strike, which had caused a blackout of all school athletics, Lafayette reformed their basketball team and Koufax went on to become team captain in his senior year; that year, he ranked second in his division in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game.
He made newspaper headlines for the first time when, during a preseason exhibition game between the Lafayette basketball team and the New York Knicks, he dunked twice and showed up Knicks star Harry Gallatin.
In 1951, at the age of 15, Koufax also joined a local youth baseball league known as the “Ice Cream League”. He started out as a left-handed catcher before moving to first base.
While playing first base for Lafayette’s baseball team, which he joined at the urging of his friend Fred Wilpon, he was spotted by Milt Laurie, a newspaper deliveryman and a baseball coach who was the father of two Lafayette players.
Laurie noticed Koufax’s strong throwing arm and recognized that he might be able to pitch. He recruited the 17-year-old to pitch for the Coney Island Sports League’s Parkviews.
Koufax attended the University of Cincinnati where he studied architecture. He was a walk-on for the freshman basketball team, a complete unknown to coach Ed Jucker; he later earned a partial basketball scholarship. In his freshman year, Koufax averaged 9.7 points per game.
In the spring of 1954, after the basketball season ended, he tried out for the college baseball team, which was also coached by Jucker.
In his only season of intercollegiate baseball, Koufax went 3–1 with a 2.81 earned run average, 51 strikeouts and 30 walks in 32 innings pitched.
Sandy Koufax Age
Sandy Koufax is 73 years old as of 2022
Sandy Koufax Height
Sandy Koufax exact height is unknown
Sandy Koufax Nationality
Sandy Koufax is an American
Sandy Koufax Parents
He was born to Evelyn (née Lichtenstein) and Jack Braun in Borough Park, Brooklyn. His parents divorced when he was three years old.
The son of a single-working parent, he spent most of his childhood with his maternal grandparents. Evelyn eventually remarried when her son was nine years old, to Irving Koufax, whose name Sandy took. Koufax also had a stepsister, Edie, Irving’s daughter from a previous marriage.
Shortly after his mother’s remarriage, the family moved to the Long Island suburb of Rockville Centre. The day after he graduated from ninth grade, in June 1949, they moved back to the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
Sandy Koufax Siblings
He had a step-sister, Edith
Sandy Koufax Career
He has been hailed as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. Koufax joined the major leagues at age 19 and had never pitched a game in the minor leagues.
As a result, the first half of his career was marred with inconsistency and control problems. He was a member of World Series
championship teams in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, though he did not appear in any of the Series wins despite pitching brilliantly in the 1959 series.
After making adjustments prior to the 1961 season to improve his control and getting more regular playing time, Koufax quickly rose to become the most dominant pitcher in MLB before arthritis in his left elbow ended his career prematurely at age 30.
Koufax was an All-Star in each of his last six seasons, leading the National League (NL) in earned run average each of his last five years, in strikeouts four times, in wins and shutouts three times each, and in winning percentage, innings pitched and complete games twice each. He was the first NL pitcher in 20 years to post an earned run average below 2.00, doing so three times.
After setting the modern NL record in 1961 with 269 strikeouts, he became the first pitcher in 17 years and the first left-hander since 1904 to strike out 300 batters, with 306 in 1963. In 1965, he set a then-major league record with 382 strikeouts.
He was the first pitcher to record a 300-strikeout season three times, and twice tied a modern record by striking out 18 batters in a game. He won the Cy Young Award in 1963, 1965, and 1966 by unanimous votes, winning the Triple Crown and leading the Dodgers to a pennant in each of those years; he was the first three-time winner of the award, and the only pitcher to do so when a single award was given instead of one for each league.
He was also named the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1963, and was runner-up in 1965 and 1966, behind Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente, respectively.]
On November 18, a few weeks after the 1966 World Series, Koufax announced his retirement from baseball in a press conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
During the press conference, Koufax gave severe arthritis and constant pain in his pitching arm, and the medication and treatments that were required to make it possible for him pitch regularly as the reason for ending his career at age 30.
Sandy Koufax Wife
Jane Purucker Clarke is the wife of Sanford Koufax who is also known as Sanford Braun.
Sandy Koufax Children
His child is Trillion Clarke
Sandy Koufax Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $10 million dollars.
On March 30, 1966, famed Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale ended their double holdout by signing new contracts for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively. Their holdout during Spring Training lasted 32 days. The two future Hall of Famers demanded a combined $1 million over three years