Letters: Sandy Koufax defines Dodgers legacy with her speech

Thanks for Bill Plaschke touching column “The unveiling of the Sandy Koufax statue is a time of gratitude and engagement” [June 18]noting that Koufax “wasted the whole speech talking about others who said everything about him.”

On the hill, Koufax’s talent and accomplishments were unmatched. Outside the game, his humility, class and calm dignity were equally rare and commendable. By erecting statues of Koufax and Jackie Robinson at Dodger Stadium’s new front door, the team honored two of the greatest players and arguably two of the best people the organization has ever produced.

Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco


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

“A great leader gets things done. … When they succeed, he doesn’t take out a loan. And because he doesn’t take out a loan, the loan never leaves him.” (Verse 2)

“And for a leader at the very top, it is best if people barely know about his existence. Because he says very little, his words are of great value.” (Verse 17)

Lao Tzu described Sandy Koufax in Mr. Plaske’s article.

Andrew Ko
San Marino

Everyone is equal?

It is clear that we will probably never agree on what is right with respect to the question of allowing transgender athletes to compete as women in women’s sports. However, the question is simple. Biological women are generally not as strong as biological men and are at a significant disadvantage when competing against biological men in strength sports. Transgender athletes like Leah Thomas have male bodies. She is certainly not the only one. In sports, physiology is more important than gender. Nobody complains if a transgender man wants to compete in a male sport because biology is not in favor there. The exclusion of individuals who are biologically male from women’s sports is not a license to treat transgender people differently when biology is irrelevant. Thus, FINA’s decision to remove all survivors of male puberty from participation in women’s sports is fair.

Erica Khan


Why is there so much focus on how to deal with transgender athletes in competitive sports?

The solution is simple.

Create teams of transgender athletes such as baseball, hockey, basketball, etc. and let them compete against each other. By competing with other transgender athletes, they will have a real opportunity to compete on an equal footing.

Nicholas J. Caputo
palm desert

Forget reunion

Thank you, Mister. Die for super smart article about purported Kyrie Irving and LeBron James reunion. The Lakers already have an abundance of talent, and who in their right mind would want to be second fiddle to self-proclaimed NBA star GOAT? Irving is a 30-year-old kid who only plays when he feels like it.

Patrick Kelly
Los Angeles


you must love Rob Pelinka. After systematically destroying the championship team, he inexplicably kept his job and got another opportunity to rebuild the team. So instead of choosing a player who could help immediately, he did just the opposite.

Pelinka stated “you can’t think that way” when asked about choosing a player who can help right away. He went on to say that he believes this choice “will turn into something special”. Remember, this is the same guy who traded Kuzma, KSR, Harrell and a first round pick for Westbrook and refused to re-sign Caruso. So when it comes to Pelinka and his vision for the future, he can’t be trusted.

Geno Apicella

Elementary Watson?

So UCLA’s Peyton Watson is selected in the first round because of his defense, but coach Mick Cronin only played him for four minutes against North Carolina.

Just thought banner no. 12 people can fly right now at the Poli Pavilion.

Fred Wallin
Westlake Village

kick it

Glad to just get any timely reports on professional football, but Kevin Baxter takes it one step further with his “Southern California All-Time Team”.. ” However, any “Team for All Seasons” must include Clé Quiman of Ontario, who has achieved a high level of professional indoor, outdoor and national team experience after making a big name for himself at Chaffey High and local clubs. Former Galaxy and Melrose Place star Andrew Shue could also be filed, at least for the reserve squad.

Karl Heinz Heim
Yorba Linda

halo time

They should give the trophy to the American League MVP runner-up within the next seven years or so so the players don’t feel so bad after Shohei Otani wins them all. Eight RBIs followed by 13 strikeouts? This is Ruthian. Or Okhtanyan.

Don Carlson
Mission Viejo


Thank you for your article on Angels’ World Series win. One of my most vivid memories is sitting in the stands during Game 6 with my 5 year old son. In the seventh inning, I remember turning to him and saying, “Avi, I don’t think they’re going to make it. It doesn’t look good.” He looked at me and, without wasting a second, said as only an innocent child could, “They can come back. You must believe. “And they did.

Jack Sholkoff
woodland hills

Belly up?

As far as I know, writer Stephen King is working on a sequel to his book The Dead Zone. It seems to be based on the performance of Max Munsey, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner at bat and run since the start of the current season.

Herb Schoenberg


After a self-inflicted shoulder injury in 2020 and now Broken Rib Mookie Betts, it’s time for Cody Bellinger’s teammates to step in. He clearly poses a danger to himself and others.

John Amato
Sherman Oaks


Put Cody Bellinger in ninth place on the lineup or drop into the minors. Too many scoring chances are lost when he goes to the plate. This year he will not be able to rise above the Mendoza line.

Tom Neldner
Redondo beach

Open and closed coverage

hard to believe The Times had better coverage of the US Open Cup. than the US Open Golf Championship. Priorities?

Steve Horn


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