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All-Star Game Video: Sandy Koufax Tosses Ceremonial First Pitch



Sandy Koufax

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a rich history of great players in their past, including 10 players elected into the Hall of Fame as a part of the team.

Before the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, the “Franchise Four” for every team was announced. The Franchise Four was voted on by the fans and selects the top four players in each franchise’s history. Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax were the Dodgers quartet selected.

In a pregame celebration that actually took place on the field at the All-Star Game, the Franchise Four for Greatest Living Players was announced. Koufax walked out onto the field with Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench and Willie Mays. The Dodgers left-handed legend would then throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Bench, a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds in his career.

Koufax is often considered one of, if not, the best left-hander of all-time. While his career was cut short at 30 due to elbow problems, the now 79-year-old was a six-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young award winner and one-time NL MVP winner. He also won four World Series with the Dodgers and was MVP of the World Series twice.

These days Koufax can be seen around the Dodgers serving as a Special Advisor to Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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