Baseball people rarely miss the chance to thank Koufax for his impact on their lives. Ed Farmer, the Chicago White Sox’s play-by-play radio broadcaster, got curveball tips from Koufax in the late 1960s and used them throughout a 13-year major league career.
After the two spoke this week, Farmer said Koufax “made me a lot of money.”
“You’ve got to have clay to mold,” Koufax replied. “Then some guys are granite, and you have to chip at it.”
Koufax spent the 1970s as a minor league instructor for the Dodgers, and he has visited camp with former manager Joe Torre in recent years, although he never stayed more than a few days or did much teaching. He also worked with a few Mets pitchers in recent years at the behest of owner Fred Wilpon, his high-school buddy.
But Koufax last wore a uniform as a minor league pitching instructor in 1989, and he publicly split with the Dodgers during Fox’s ownership tenure reportedly in a rift over a story published about him by another arm of the media conglomerate.
Los Angeles fans never forgot him _ in fact, they swarmed his car in Glendale as he left after his first day this week.
Koufax doesn’t enjoy the rapturous attention, but he still loves baseball.
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