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Joe Torre

Joseph Paul “Joe” Torre is an American professional baseball executive and former baseball manager and player. A nine-time All-Star, he was a Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, first baseman and a third baseman for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals during his playing career. Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) after leading the major leagues in batting average (.363), hits (230), and runs batted in (RBI) with 137. His playing career totals included a .297 batting average with 252 home runs and 1185 RBI in 2209 games.

After his retirement as a player in 1977, Torre managed the same three teams for which he played, before leading the New York Yankees and ending his managerial career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He briefly served as a player-manager for the Mets in 1977.

In 2007, Torre was the first recipient of the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award. In September 2009, Torre was named Sporting News Manager of the Decade. Torre was unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 16-member Veterans Committee on December 9, 2013.

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Sandy Koufax

Sanford “Sandy” Koufax (born as Sanford Braun) is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) left-handed pitcher. He pitched twelve seasons for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. Koufax, at age 36 in 1972, became the youngest player ever inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Koufax’s career peaked with a run of six outstanding years from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis in his left elbow ended his career prematurely at age 30. He was an All-Star for six seasons and was the National League‘s Most Valuable Player in 1963. He won three Cy Young Awards in 1963, 1965, and 1966, by unanimous votes, making him the first three-time Cy Young winner in baseball history and the only one to win three times when one award was given instead of one for each league. Koufax also won the NL Triple Crown for pitchers those same three years by leading the NL in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.

Koufax was the first major league pitcher to pitch four no-hitters and the eighth pitcher to pitch a perfect game in baseball history. Despite his comparatively short career, Koufax’s 2,396 career strikeouts ranked 7th in history as of his retirement, trailing onlyWarren Spahn (2,583) among left-handers. Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Pedro Martinez, and Nolan Ryan are the only four pitchers elected to the Hall of Fame who had more strikeouts than innings pitched.

Koufax is also remembered as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports. His decision not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur garnered national attention as an example of conflict between professional pressures and personal beliefs.

Sandy Koufax’s number 32 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972.

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