This Day in History 1965: 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.

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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...