Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax bloodied after Andre Ethier foul ball drills him in the head (photo)
Sandy Koufax hit in the head by a foul ball. pic.twitter.com/MYrRFm0lgk
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 21, 2014
Sandy Koufax, Hall of Famer and beloved Dodgers legend who played his entire career with the team — in Brooklyn and then in L.A. — was injured on Friday when a foul ball off the bat of outfielder Andre Ethier drilled him square in the head, leaving him bloodied.
Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick reports on Twitter that the 78-year-old Koufax suffered a cut on his head but remained on his feet. Los Angeles Times beat writer Dylan Hernadez reports that Koufax was conscious and smiling as he was driven over to the minor league side of the team’s complex.
Eye on Baseball reports that a team spokesperson has indicated Koufax is fine, walking around and talking. Good for Koufax and especially good for Ethier, as he definitely doesn’t want to be known as the Dodgers player who critically injured Sandy-freaking-Koufax.
Koufax was 165-87 during his career with a 2.76 ERA and 2,396 strikeouts. He had four no-hitters and a perfect game during his career, was a four-time World Series champion (three-time World Series MVP), was a seven-time All-Star and a three-time Cy Young Award winner. So yeah, he was pretty good.