A Florida Heritage Landmark
Historic Dodgertown


Historic Dodgertown News Release

December 30, 2017

Happy birthday, Sandy Koufax!

Historic Dodgertown celebrates today, Dec. 30, as the birthday for Sandy Koufax.  Here is what baseball players, managers, writers, and broadcasters have said about him in his career:

Roscoe McGowan, New York Times sportswriter in his article, on Koufax’ debut in Spring Training in Historic Dodgertown, in March, 1955 –“Sandy Koufax, Brooklyn’s $17,000 bonus righthander……..The kid (Koufax) showed a good fastball and a fine curve.”[1]

Tom Lasorda – Asked who should be sent to the minor leagues in April, 1955 to reduce the Dodger roster to 25 players. “Koufax—he can’t hit the side of a barn at sixty feet.”[2]

Yogi Berra – Speaking of Koufax’ 1963 season when he went 25-5. “I know he won 25.  I don’t see how he lost the five.”[3]

Whitey Ford – “I know Koufax’ weakness.  He can’t hit.”[4]

Rick Monday – “When Sandy Koufax holds a baseball, there’s no question who’s in control.”[5]

Bob Feller – “He’s the best pitcher I ever saw in my lifetime.”[6]

Jackie Barnett and Sammy Fain, songwriters of “Sandy, Dandy Sandy” – (sung by Jimmy Durante).  “San-dy, Dan-dy Sandy, he throws the ball and it’s in the catcher’s mitt.   They can’t hit, what they can’t see, and any pop-up is a moral victory.[7]

Wilver Stargell – “Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.”[8]

Lou Johnson – “Sandy, you’re the greatest!”[9] (Lou Johnson to a national television audience after the Dodgers won the 1965 World Series in seven games.)

Don Drysdale—“He was as good a pitcher as I ever saw.  Make that the best I ever saw.”[10]

Willie Mays – “He’s got a fastball you can’t see.”[11]

Casey Stengel – “Forget the other fellow, Walter Johnson.  Koufax is the best of them.”[12]

National League Umpire Doug Harvey – “Nobody’s ball did what Koufax’s ball did.”[13]

Claude Osteen, Dodger teammate – “To call his curveball ‘outstanding’ is not a good enough word for it.”[14]

Joe Amalfitano, Chicago Cub player who struck out for the second out in the ninth inning in Koufax’ perfect game, telling the final hitter

[1] Roscoe McGowan, New York Times, March 19, 1955

[2] Jane Leavy, “Koufax”

[3] Paul Dickson, “Baseball’s Greatest Quotations”,

[4] Paul Dickson,” Baseball’s Greatest Quotations”

[5] Jane Leavy, “Koufax”

[6] Jane Leavy, “Koufax”

[7] Jackie Barnett and Sammy Fain, “Sandy, Dandy Sandy”

[8] Paul Dickson,” Baseball’s Greatest Quotations

[9] Edward Gruver, “Koufax”

[10] Don Drysdale, “Once A Bum, Always A Dodger”

[11] Jane Leavy, “Koufax”

[12] Jane Leavy, “Koufax”

[13] Jane Leavy, “Koufax”

[14] Edward Gruver, “Koufax”


About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”

World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.

On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.

The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.

The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.

Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.

Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.


Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532