Billy Wagner Gets Tips From Sandy Koufax

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2008

Sandy Koufax got a call and couldn’t wait to help Wagner who just came to the Mets from the Nats in the off season. Koufax was a personal favorite of mine from childhood.

There was no one finer than Koufax. The lefty had a winning percentage of .655. He struck-out 2,396. His career ERA was 2.76.

At the age of 36 he was the youngest player ever  elected to the Hall of Fame.

He was a minor league pitching coach for Dodgers organization from 1979 until 1990 but quit. Some said it had to do with a poor relationship with manager Tommy Lasorda. Ironically Lasorda was sent down to Montreal of the International league to make room on the Dodger roster for Koufax in 1955.

Koufax was formerly  married to Anne Widmark daughter of the renowned  actor Richard Widmark whose family just today announced his passing. Their marriage ended in divorce.

Related

    Padres Get Experience of Victory Over Dodgers

    Los Angeles Dodgers logo
    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Padres Get Experience of Victory Over Dodgers

    Kevin Acee
    via sandiegouniontribune.com

    Nats on Verge of Elimination After Loss to Mets

    New York Mets logo
    New York Mets

    Nats on Verge of Elimination After Loss to Mets

    Mark Zuckerman
    via MASNsports

    Report: Showalter Expected to Be Fired by Orioles

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Report: Showalter Expected to Be Fired by Orioles

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report

    V-Mart Announces Retirement

    MLB logo
    MLB

    V-Mart Announces Retirement

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report