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Former Dodgers great Sandy Koufax, 78, hit in head by line drive

  • David Whitlock

Former Los Angeles Dodgers legend, and Spring Training advisor, Sandy Koufax was struck on the head this morning during routine drills at the Dodgers camp in Phoenix, AZ.  Los Angeles Times beat writer Dylan Hernandez first tweeted a photo of Koufax watching fellow-lefty (and recently rich) Clayton Kershaw, then moments later tweeted a photo of Koufax being carted off the field:

A CT scan later confirmed no internal bleeding and Koufax was in good spirits (according to a follow up article by Hernandez) and joked about using those new padded caps designed to protect pitchers.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him wear a batting helmet for the rest of camp, I know I would!

Koufax won three Cy Young Awards, pitched four no-hitters, and won two World Series titles with the Los Angeles Dodgers before walking away from the game in his prime at age 30.  According to, Koufax made just about $430K during his career.  In 2015, Kershaw will make about $130K per inning pitched and will surpass Koufax career earnings on Opening Day.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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