Baseball: K Is for Koufax

He stood proudly at the plate in his pin-stripe New York Yankee uniform, listening to the roar of the huge hometown crowd. "It's a hell of a thing," said Pinch-Hitter Harry Bright. "I wait 17 years to get into a World Series. Then I finally get up there, and 69,000 people are yelling—yelling for me to strike out." Whiff he did, thus capping a spectacular performance—for someone else.

The achievement belonged to Pitcher Sandy Koufax, 28, who, in his nine seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has known his share of trouble. Only last year, a mysterious circulatory ailment called...

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