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Letters: Sandy Koufax defines Dodgers legacy with speech



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Thanks for Invoice Plaschke’s touching column “Sandy Koufax Statue Unveiling Ceremony a Time of Gratitude and Inclusion” [June 18], noting that Koufax “spent your complete speech speaking about others, which mentioned the whole lot about him.”

On the mound, Koufax’s expertise and achievements have been unmatched. Away from the sport, his humility, class and quiet dignity have been equally uncommon and laudable. With statues of Koufax and Jackie Robinson at Dodger Stadium’s new entrance door, the group has honored the 2 best gamers — and possibly the 2 best folks — the group has ever produced.

Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco


“On Management” by Lao-Tzu (founding father of Taoism philosophy) sixth century BC:

“The superior chief will get issues finished. … After they succeed he takes no credit score. And since he takes no credit score, credit score by no means leaves him.” (Verse 2)

“And for the chief on the very prime, it’s best if folks barely know he exists. As a result of he says little or no, his phrases have extra worth.” (Verse 17)

Lao-Tzu was describing the Sandy Koufax in Mr. Plaschke’s article.

Andrew Ko
San Marino

All issues equal?

It’s clear that we are going to most likely by no means attain a gathering of the minds on what’s truthful concerning the problem of permitting transgender athletes to compete as ladies in ladies’s sports activities. Nonetheless the problem is straightforward. Organic ladies are usually not as sturdy as organic males and are at a big drawback at competing with organic males in sports activities involving power. Transgender athletes akin to Lia Thomas have male our bodies. She is after all not the one case. In sports activities, physiology trumps gender. Nobody is complaining if a transgender male needs to compete in males’s sports activities, as a result of biology isn’t a profit there. Excluding individuals who’re biologically male from ladies’s sports activities isn’t a permission slip to deal with transgender folks in a different way the place biology isn’t the problem. Thus the FINA determination to ban from ladies’s sports activities anybody who has been via male puberty is truthful.

Erica Hahn


Why such a giant deal about what to do with transgender athletes in aggressive sports activities?

The answer is straightforward.

Type groups of transgender athletes like baseball, hockey, basketball, and so forth., and allow them to compete with one another. Competing towards different transgender athletes, they’ll have a real alternative to compete on a stage taking part in discipline.

Nicholas J. Caputo
Palm Desert

Neglect a reunion

Thanks Mr. Plaschke for the tremendous good article on the proposed reunion of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. The Lakers have already got an overabundance of expertise and who of their proper thoughts would wish to be second fiddle to the self-proclaimed GOAT NBA star? Irving is a 30-year-old child who performs solely when he feels prefer it.

Patrick Kelley
Los Angeles


You gotta love Rob Pelinka. After systematically destroying a championship group, he unfathomably stored his job and was given one other alternative to rebuild the group. So as an alternative of selecting a participant that might assist instantly, he did the precise reverse.

Pelinka acknowledged that “you may’t assume that means” in answering a query about drafting a participant that may assist immediately. He went on to say that he thinks this choose will “turn into one thing particular.” Keep in mind, this is similar man who traded away Kuzma, KCP, Harrell and a first-round choose for Westbrook and refused to re-sign Caruso. So, relating to Pelinka and his future imaginative and prescient, he has zero credibility.

Geno Apicella

Elementary, Watson?

So UCLA’s Peyton Watson will get drafted within the first spherical due to his protection, however coach Mick Cronin performed him solely 4 minutes vs North Carolina.

Simply pondering that banner No. 12 might be flying proper now at Pauley Pavilion

Fred Wallin
Westlake Village

Kicking it round

Glad to simply get any well timed professional soccer reporting, however Kevin Baxter takes it nonetheless a step greater along with his “Southern California all-time group.” Any “all-time group,” nevertheless, would wish to incorporate Ontario’s Cle Kooiman, who achieved excessive id indoor, out of doors and nationwide group skilled experiences after making a powerful title for himself at Chaffey Excessive and native membership circuits. A case for former Galaxy and “Melrose Place” star Andrew Shue may additionally be made at minimal for the reserve squad.

Karl Heinz Heim
Yorba Linda

Halo time

They need to give a trophy for the second-place finisher within the American League MVP voting for the subsequent seven years or so, so gamers don’t really feel so unhealthy after Shohei Ohtani wins all of them. Eight RBIs adopted by 13 strikeouts? That’s Ruthian. Or Ohtanian.

Don Carlson
Mission Viejo


Thanks to your article concerning the Angels’ World Sequence victory. Certainly one of my fondest reminiscences is sitting within the stands at Sport 6 with my 5-year-old son. Within the seventh inning, I keep in mind turning to him and saying, “Avi, I don’t assume they’re going to make it. It doesn’t look good.” He checked out me, and with out lacking a beat, mentioned as solely an harmless youngster may, “They will come again. It’s a must to consider.” And so they did.

Jack Sholkoff
Woodland Hills

Stomach up?

I perceive novelist Stephen King is engaged on a sequel to his e-book, “The Lifeless Zone.” Appears it’s primarily based across the at-bats and run productiveness of Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner because the present season started.

Herb Schoenberg


After his self-inflicted shoulder damage in 2020, and now Mookie Betts’ cracked rib, it’s time for Cody Bellinger’s teammates to stage an intervention. He’s clearly a hazard to himself and others.

John Amato
Sherman Oaks


Put Cody Bellinger at ninth within the lineup or drop to minors. Too many scoring alternatives are wasted when he involves the plate. He’ll fail to hit above the Mendoza Line this yr.

Tom Neldner
Redondo Seaside

Open-and-shut protection

Arduous to consider The Instances had higher protection of soccer’s U.S. Open Cup than of golf’s U.S. Open. Priorities?

Steve Horn


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