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Monday, March 11, 2013 by Michael Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"Sandy Koufax was not just the greatest left-handed pitcher I ever saw," recalled his biographer, Jane Leavy , at a recent celebration of Jewish baseball.  "He’s also the greatest mensch I’ve ever met in my life."
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