Random thoughts on NLCS Game 2
October, 10, 2008
Some random thoughts jotted while watching the Phillies take a commanding lead in the series they weren't supposed to win: • Sandy Koufax was sitting behind the Dodgers' dugout, which elicited this comment from Tim McCarver in the second inning: "Best curveball I've ever seen: Sandy Koufax. Everybody talks about his velocity, but it was his curve that stood out. If Sandy was getting his curveball over in the first inning, the game was over." I once co-wrote a book about pitchers, and can heartily second McCarver's opinion. Contemporary National League umpire Jocko Conlan described Koufax's overhand curveball as "the greatest curve around That was the reason for all his victories." And Conlan's colleague Tom Gorman said Koufax "had the best curveball, for a left-hander, that I ever saw."