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Sanford “Sandy” Koufax was born on the 30th December 1935 in Brooklyn, New York City USA of Jewish ancestry. He is a retired baseball pitcher, a member of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers team in Major League Baseball(MLB). Koufax is the winner of three MLB Championships, three Babe Ruth Awards as the Best play-offs player, a Most Valuable Player Award of the National League and six awards for All-Star, one of the most successful pitcher’s of all time. After playing baseball professionally from 1955 to 1966, in 1972 Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

How rich is the retired baseball player? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of Sandy Koufax net worth is equal to $10 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2016.

Sandy Koufax Net Worth $10 Million

To begin with, Koufax grew up in Brooklyn and initially played basketball at Lafayette High School. As a student of the University of Cincinnati he was also a promising basketball player, yet he decided to try baseball, and soon he was ‘scouted’ by the Dodgers, and signed to a professional contract of over $6,000 salary, and $14,000 bonus – his net worth was assured.

Concerning his professional career, Koufax made his debut in 1955 with the Dodgers. His first six years were unremarkable. His run average was constant at moderate 4 to 5, and he lost more games than he won. But as a reserve player, he was part of that team that won the World Series in 1959. However, the ambitious often stubborn and unprofessional Koufax was so frustrated that he seriously considered retirement at the end of the 1960 season, but was persuaded to stay-on for another year. Koufax understood that he had to change his professional attitude, so to gain more stamina, he ran for hours, and improved his throwing technique. Koufax was suddenly characterized as one of the best pitchers of the MLB – he recorded 269 strikeouts to break a National League record, and won 18 of his 31 games. In 1963, Koufax made his final breakthrough, when he won the Triple Crown for pitchers by most wins import (25, with only 5 defeats), most strikeouts thrown (306) and the lowest ERA (1.88) listed. He led the Dodgers into the World Series in 1963 and dominated the New York Yankees, leading the Dodgers to their second World Series win, and winning the athlete of the year award from the Associated Press.

Although he had arm problems due to joint degeneration, he won 19 games and lost only 5 in 1964. The next year he was prescribed to take cortisone and capsaicin for chronic elbow pain, but his performances remained excellent; the Dodgers made it to the World Series against the Minnesota Twins. There Koufax made history when he refused to play the World Series because it took place on Yom Kippur, and participation was incompatible with his Jewish faith. This attracted nationwide attention because it showed the tension between professional opinion and religious beliefs. For American Jews Koufax became the hero. Yet Koufax dominated the rest of the series, led the Dodgers to their third championship victory, and won a lot of sympathy for his decision: the magazine Sports Illustrated elected him the sportsman of the year 1965, and from Associated Press he received the nomination as Athlete of the Year. In 1966 Koufax’s arm was so damaged that he decided to continue only for a year, but still ended the season impressively by winning 27 games. The Dodgers reached the World Series, but were defeated.

Finally, in the personal life of the former baseball player, he was married to Anne Widmark(1969-82) and to Kimberley Francis(1985-98). Currently Sandy is single.

Quick Facts

Birth date: December 30, 1935
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height:6' 2" (1.88 m)
Profession:Baseball player, baseball pitcher
Education:University of Cincinnati
Nationality:American
Spouse:Anne Widmark (1969-1982), Kimberley Francis (1985-1998)
Awards:All-Star (1961–1962 (1961–1962), 1963–1966), World Series champion (1955 (1955), 1959, 1963, 1965), NL MVP (1963), Cy Young Award (1963 (1963), 1965, 1966), World Series MVP (1963 (1963), 1965) Triple Crown (1963 (1963), 1965, 1966), MLB wins leader (1963 (1963), 1965, 1966), NL ERA leader (1962–1966), MLB strikeout leader (1961 (1961), 1963, 1965, 1966)
Nominations:Major League Baseball All-Century Team, Major League Baseball All-Time Team, "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players" (1999 (1999), The Sporting News), Baseball Hall of Fame (1972)
TV shows:"77 Sunset Strip", "Bourbon Street Beat", "Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed" (1963), "Dennis and the Dodger", ""Strike Out"" (1961)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was selected to pitch in the opening game of the 1965 World Series -- a singular honor for a pitcher -- but turned it down because it conflicted with Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday.
2After his perfect game in 1965 and until Cole Hamels's no-hitter in 2015, the Chicago Cubs managed to get at least one hit in every game.
3From 1962 to 1966 he led the National League in earned-run-average and shutouts and pitched four no-hitters (one a perfect game).
4Although he smoked, he would not allow his picture to be taken with a cigarette, not wanting to encourage young fans to take up the habit.
5He was born Sanford Braun, but used his stepfather's last name of Koufax.
6Made major league debut on 24 June 1955.
7Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
8Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
9Uniform number 32 retired by the Dodgers.
10Retired after the 1966 season, not wanting to risk permanent damage to his elbow.
11Was diagnosed with arthritis in his pitching elbow in August of 1964. Took anti-inflammation drugs and cortisone shots and soaked his elbow in ice water after every game he pitched for the remainder of his career.
12Was sidelined for two months in 1962 with a circulatory blockage in his left index finger and still led the National League in earned run average.
13Pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on Septemver 9, 1965. Struck out 382 batters that season, a major league record that stood until 1973, when Nolan Ryan posted 383 strikeouts.
14First pitcher to win the Cy Young award by a unanimous vote (won it unanimously in 1963, 1965 and 1966).
15First pitcher to win the Cy Young award multiple times.
16At age 36, he was the youngest player ever elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
17Won Major League Baseball's Cy Young Award for the best pitcher in professional baseball in 1963, 1965 and 1966.
18Was selected to play in Major League Baseball's All-Star game 1961-1966.
19Selected as the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1963.
20Played Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955-1966.
21Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.


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Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bourbon Street Beat1960TV SeriesDoorman
Colt .451960TV SeriesJohnny
77 Sunset Strip1960TV SeriesPoliceman
Shotgun Slade1959TV SeriesBen Cassidy

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2015 MLB All-Star Game2015TV MovieHimself - Ceremonial First Pitch Honoree
Welcome to Dodgertown2015Documentary
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story2010DocumentaryHimself
The Tim McCarver Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
1985 MLB All-Star Game1985TV SpecialHimself - NL Honorary Captain
1972 World Series1972TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1972 American League Championship Series1972TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1972 National League Championship Series1972TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1971 World Series1971TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1971 National League Championship Series1971TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1971 American League Championship Series1971TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1970 World Series1970TV SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1970 National League Championship Series1970TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1970 American League Championship Series1970TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1969 World Series1969TV SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1969 American League Championship Series1969TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1969 National League Championship Series1969TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator
1968 World Series1968TV SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1968 MLB All-Star Game1968TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
The Match Game1967TV SeriesTeam Captain
1967 MLB All-Star Game1967TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1966 World Series1966TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
1966 MLB All-Star Game1966TV SpecialHimself - NL Pitcher
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHimself - Sketch Actor
1965 World Series1965TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
1965 MLB All-Star Game1965TV SpecialHimself - NL Pitcher
The Bob Hope Show1963TV SeriesHimself
1963 World Series1963TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
Mister Ed1963TV SeriesHimself
Dennis the Menace1962TV SeriesHimself
1961 MLB All-Star Game No.11961TV MovieHimself - NL pitcher
Michael Shayne1961TV SeriesHimself
1959 World Series1959TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History1992Video documentaryHimself

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