Steven Rensch
2 min readAug 12, 2023

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I'm 75, a sports fan, I've seen every superstar in every sport. But there is only one Koufax. If an old man is allowed to have an idol, he is it for me. Sometimes, I get a little lonely because there are so few people who saw him pitch and can talk to me about Sandy. But he was the greatest ever. Anyone who actually saw him pitch could not care less about the stats. I saw his first start in the big leagues, in the old LA Coliseum. He was horrible. He must have walked 7 or 8 batters in the first couple innings. But what I remember most about that game is when they took him out . . . He threw his glove from the mound on a line to the dugout where it made a sound like I've never heard. (I also saw his final perfect game.) Everything about the man was unique. When he quit, all baseball fans were broken-hearted, although those with a brain and a heart understood why he did. (The only comparable moment for me was Magic announcing that he was leaving basketball because of HIV.) Sports has always had a few individuals who brought to their sport a universal sort of quality having nothing to do with their athletic ability but which taught the world something important. For me, that would include Magic, Jerry West, Roger Federer, Bill Russell (and maybe Steph Curry). Others have their own list. But Sandy Koufax is still the chairman of that board. Thank you, Loren, for giving me a moment to reflect on Sandy.

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Steven Rensch

Attorney,, teacher, counselor, coach; maverick in most groups; lots of kids and grandkids; reliefforlawyers.com; linkedin.com/in/steve.rensch