Letters to Athletics: Sandy Koufax defines Dodgers legacy with speech

Thank you for Monthly bill Plaschke’s touching column “Sandy Koufax Statue Unveiling Ceremony a Time of Gratitude and Inclusion” [June 18], noting that Koufax “spent the full speech speaking about many others, which said anything about him.”

On the mound, Koufax’s talent and achievements were being unmatched. Away from the recreation, his humility, class and tranquil dignity were equally rare and laudable. With statues of Koufax and Jackie Robinson at Dodger Stadium’s new front doorway, the crew has honored the two biggest players — and in all probability the two greatest people — the organization has at any time generated.

Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco


“On Leadership” by Lao-Tzu (founder of Taoism philosophy) 6th century BC:

“The exceptional chief gets issues performed. … When they realize success he can take no credit. And for the reason that he takes no credit rating, credit in no way leaves him.” (Verse 2)

“And for the chief at the very best, it is very best if individuals hardly know he exists. For the reason that he suggests very minimal, his terms have a lot more worth.” (Verse 17)

Lao-Tzu was describing the Sandy Koufax in Mr. Plaschke’s short article.

Andrew Ko
San Marino

All factors equivalent?

It is apparent that we will in all probability never reach a conference of the minds on what is fair with regards to the issue of permitting transgender athletes to compete as girls in women’s sports activities. However the issue is uncomplicated. Organic ladies are typically not as powerful as organic guys and are at a significant disadvantage at competing with biological adult males in sports activities involving toughness. Transgender athletes these kinds of as Lia Thomas have male bodies. She is of system not the only case. In athletics, physiology trumps gender. No one is complaining if a transgender male wishes to contend in men’s sports activities, since biology is not a gain there. Excluding folks who are biologically male from women’s sports is not a authorization slip to address transgender folks in different ways exactly where biology is not the challenge. Hence the FINA decision to ban from women’s athletics any person who has been as a result of male puberty is truthful.

Erica Hahn

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Why this kind of a large offer about what to do with transgender athletes in competitive sporting activities?

The resolution is simple.

Kind teams of transgender athletes like baseball, hockey, basketball, etcetera., and allow them contend with just about every other. Competing towards other transgender athletes, they will have a legitimate prospect to compete on a amount actively playing discipline.

Nicholas J. Caputo
Palm Desert

Neglect a reunion

Thank you Mr. Plaschke for the tremendous clever post on the proposed reunion of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. The Lakers already have an overabundance of expertise and who in their correct brain would want to be 2nd fiddle to the self-proclaimed GOAT NBA star? Irving is a 30-calendar year-previous infant who plays only when he feels like it.

Patrick Kelley
Los Angeles


You gotta appreciate Rob Pelinka. Immediately after systematically destroying a championship workforce, he unfathomably held his occupation and was offered one more option to rebuild the group. So alternatively of picking a player that could support right away, he did the exact opposite.

Pelinka said that “you cannot consider that way” in answering a problem about drafting a player that can assist correct away. He went on to say that he thinks this decide on will “develop into something unique.” Try to remember, this is the same person who traded away Kuzma, KCP, Harrell and a 1st-round pick for Westbrook and refused to re-sign Caruso. So, when it will come to Pelinka and his potential vision, he has zero believability.

Geno Apicella

Elementary, Watson?

So UCLA’s Peyton Watson gets drafted in the initially spherical mainly because of his defense, but coach Mick Cronin played him only four minutes vs North Carolina.

Just considering that banner No. 12 could be flying right now at Pauley Pavilion

Fred Wallin
Westlake Village

Kicking it all-around

Glad to just get any well timed professional soccer reporting, but Kevin Baxter takes it continue to a move greater with his “Southern California all-time workforce.” Any “all-time team,” nevertheless, would will need to incorporate Ontario’s Cle Kooiman, who realized high identity indoor, outside and countrywide team experienced activities soon after creating a sturdy name for himself at Chaffey High and area club circuits. A situation for former Galaxy and “Melrose Place” star Andrew Shue may also be built at minimum for the reserve squad.

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Karl Heinz Heim
Yorba Linda

Halo time

They should give a trophy for the second-position finisher in the American League MVP voting for the upcoming 7 decades or so, so gamers really don’t come to feel so terrible just after Shohei Ohtani wins them all. 8 RBIs followed by 13 strikeouts? That’s Ruthian. Or Ohtanian.

Don Carlson
Mission Viejo


Thank you for your post regarding the Angels’ Environment Sequence victory. Just one of my fondest memories is sitting in the stands at Match 6 with my 5-12 months-outdated son. In the seventh inning, I try to remember turning to him and indicating, “Avi, I really don’t consider they are likely to make it. It does not glimpse fantastic.” He looked at me, and devoid of missing a defeat, stated as only an innocent baby could, “They can come back. You have to imagine.” And they did.

Jack Sholkoff
Woodland Hills

Belly up?

I recognize novelist Stephen King is doing work on a sequel to his e book, “The Useless Zone.” Appears it’s centered close to the at-bats and run efficiency of Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner considering the fact that the present time commenced.

Herb Schoenberg


Following his self-inflicted shoulder damage in 2020, and now Mookie Betts’ cracked rib, it’s time for Cody Bellinger’s teammates to phase an intervention. He is obviously a danger to himself and other individuals.

John Amato
Sherman Oaks


Put Cody Bellinger at ninth in the lineup or fall to minors. Way too several scoring prospects are wasted when he will come to the plate. He will are unsuccessful to strike over the Mendoza Line this calendar year.

Tom Neldner
Redondo Beach

Open up-and-shut coverage

Tricky to imagine The Situations experienced much better coverage of soccer’s U.S. Open Cup than of golf’s U.S. Open. Priorities?

Steve Horn


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