"I'm going to pitch the next day. What's the big deal? We have [star pitcher] Don Drysdale starting,' Leavy said in a Q and A with Sports Illustrated in 2002.
"'By refusing to pitch that day, Koufax became inextricably linked with the American Jewish experience,' author Jane Leavy wrote in Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy. 'He was the New Patriarch: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Sandy. A moral exemplar, and single too! (Such a catch!)'