By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

   At a recent ceremony at Dodger Stadium the great Sandy Koufax was immortalized with a statue unveiled in centerfield. Just a few family members, the left hander was one of the most dominant pitchers of the era. 

When the team opened its new stadium in 1962 Koufax brought it in with one of the greatest pitching stretches during a five year tenure in MLB history. He won five earned run average titles in a row. He was MVP and collected three Cy Young Awards.  

Koufax pitched 12 seasons for the Dodgers from 1955 to 1966, where he made seven All-Star teams 

He also won the pitching Triple Crown three times, leading the National League in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average. At the age of 30, Koufax retired at the top of his game with an arthritic elbow. 

His monument which shows him with the high leg kick, left arm back ready to throw a pitch incased in bronze. It’s just a few steps from Jackie Robinson who figure Has him sliding into a base. They are the only two featured in this form. 

“Sixty-seven years ago Jackie Robinson became my teammate and friend” Koufax said. “At the time sharing this space with him would have been absolutely unimaginable. And today it still is. It’s one of the great honors of my life.”