This Day in Jewish History Baseball Legend Refuses to Pitch on Yom Kippur

For Jews, Sandy Koufax's decision to refrain from leading the Los Angeles Dodgers in an important championship game encapsulated a moment of pride, sacrifice and commitment.

Yom Kippur in 1965 fell on October 6, a Wednesday. That’s also the day that the first game of the World Series, the best-out-of-seven championship game between the winning teams of Major League Baseball’s American and National Leagues, fell that year. In 1965, those teams were the Minnesota Twins, who had won the American League pennant, and the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers.