<<< Fifty years ago this week, Bob Bodziner was sitting on the floor of his apartment in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn, staring at his television set. The then seven-year-old was mourning his father, who had died months earlier, and the kinescope, black and white images beaming in from Minnesota were serving as a welcome distraction. The Twins were getting set to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series, but Bodziner was most concerned with who wasn’t: Sandy Koufax.
“I just remember thinking the timing of the holiday was unfair and then the Dodgers lost Game 1. I was not happy.”
"It was Yom Kippur, 6 October 1965, the day Sandy Koufax’s choice to forgo work and observe the Jewish Day of Atonement, rather than pitch in the Series opener, instantly became the bible-esque super story for Jewish baseball fans.
“It wasn’t a great year for me, but I fell for Koufax,” said Bodziner, who would eventually produce the well-known This Week in Baseball television program. “He was from Brooklyn, a Jewish guy. I could walk to his Lafayette high school. I’ll never forget that World Series, because of what he did and because of my dad.”
From The Guardian
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