I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.

— Sandy Koufax

The most practical Sandy Koufax quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball.

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Pitching is the art of instilling fear.

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A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that's the definition of a good pitcher.

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In the end it all comes down to talent.

You can talk all you want about intangibles, I just don't know what that means. Talent makes winners, not intangibles. Can nice guys win? Sure, nice guys can win - if they're nice guys with a lot of talent. Nice guys with a little talent finish fourth, and nice guys with no talent finish last.

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Show me a guy who can't pitch inside and I'll show you a loser.

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The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews.

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I can't picture people talking about me 50 years from now.

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There is among us a far closer relationship than the purely social one of a fraternal organization because we are bound together not only by a single interest but by a common goal. To win. Nothing else matters, and nothing else will do.

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If I could straighten it out (his golf swing), I'd be pitching at Dodger Stadium tonight.

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I don't know if cortisone is good for you or not.

But to take a shot every other ball game is more than I wanted to do and to walk around with a constant upset stomach because of the pills and to be high half the time during a ball game because you're taking painkillers ... I don't want to have to do that.

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I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays.

(Babe) Ruth is to baseball what Arnold Palmer is to golf. He got the game moving. But I can't believe he could run as well as (Willie) Mays, and I can't believe he was any better an outfielder.

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If there was any magic formula, it was getting to pitch every fourth day.

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About Sandy Koufax

Quotes 19 sayings
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

I've got a lot of years to live after baseball and I would like to live them with the complete use of my body.

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I don't think I've ever seen anybody with quicker hands than Soriano.

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It's better to throw a theoretically poorer pitch whole-heartedly, than to throw the so-called right pitch with feeling of doubt-doubt that's it's right, or doubt that you can make it behave well at that moment. You've got to feel sure you're doing the right thing-sure that you want to throw the pitch you're going to throw.

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He's the strangest hitter in baseball. Figure him out one way and he'll kill you another.

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The only time I really try for a strikeout is when I'm in a jam.

If the bases are loaded with none out, for example, then I'll go for a strikeout. But most of the time I try to throw to spots. I try to get them to pop up or ground out. On a strikeout I might have to throw five or six pitches, sometimes more if there are foul-offs. That tires me. So I just try to get outs. That's what counts - outs. You win with outs, not strikeouts.

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I think it's incredible because there were guys like Mays and Mantle and Henry Aaron who were great players for ten years... I only had four or five good years.

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