The Most Badass Jewish Sports Figures of All Time

Sandy Koufax

Team(s): Los Angeles Dodgers
Sport: Baseball
Years Played: 1955-1966

Accolades: 7x All-Star, 4x World Series Champion, 3x Cy Young Award, NL MVP (1963), 2x World Series MVP, 3x Triple Crown, MLB All-Time Team, MLB Hall of Famer

Badass Justification: This dude was the G.O.A.T. At least as far as Jewish sports figures are concerned. The numbers are absolutely filthy. Koufax threw four no-hitters and a perfect game—most teams don't achieve this, let alone individuals. This little anecdote from Koufax's career sums up just what kind of man, and athlete, he was: Koufax declined to pitch in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series, because of his observance of Yom Kippur. The Dodgers lost this game, and the next, putting them in an 0-2 hole against the Twins. The Dodgers rallied back to win Games Three and Four, setting the stage for Koufax in Game Five. *cue the movie music* Koufax came out and delivered a complete game shutout. Fast forward just two days later, Koufax again was called on to deliver in a deciding Game 7. Sandy pitched a three-hit shutout to clinch the Series, win the MVP award, and take home SI's Sportsman of the Year award. Talk about riding off into the sunset.

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