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Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Franchise: Sandy Koufax and Yom Kippur

The new podcast The Franchise: Jews, Sports, and America, hosted by Meredith Shiner, dropped its first episode, on Sandy Koufax and Jews playing on Yom Kippur. I discuss my Koufax Curse study (around the 11:00 mark).

I learned one new thing: Max Fried was one of the cursed in 2019. Pressed into first-inning relief when the Braves' starter surrendered four runs, Fried was almost as bad, giving up another four earned runs in less than two innings of work. According to journalist Jeff Schultz, Fried was fasting when he entered the game. He had anticipated that he would not be needed to pitch until later in the game, after sundown and the opportunity to eat something before taking the mound. Other pitchers make a similar Yom Kippur compromise--going to the park, dressing, and being available to pitch while fasting.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on October 13, 2022 at 08:54 AM in Culture, Howard Wasserman, Sports | Permalink


Koufax shared his thoughts with Richman by saying that is a "man's belief system and I believe I shouldn't work on Yom Kippur." It's that simple. I haven't had any problems on this account since I started in baseball.

Posted by: cookie clicker | Feb 23, 2023 9:57:51 PM

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