Dodgers name legend Koufax as advisor

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 23 2013 10:39 AM | Updated as of Jan 23 2013 06:39 PM

LOS ANGELES - Sandy Koufax, a Hall of Fame pitcher who played for four World Series champions, was named Tuesday as a special advisor to Los Angeles Dodgers chairman Mark Walter by the Major League Baseball club.

The 77-year-old left-hander will work with pitchers during the team's pre-season training camp and consult about pitching during the season.

"To be able to tap Sandy's expertise and counsel during spring training and throughout the season will provide yet another tremendous resource in our efforts to strengthen our club," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

In 12 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955-1966, Koufax went 165-87 with a 2.76 earned-run average. He struck out 2,396 batters and tossed 137 complete games, 40 of them shutout triumphs.

"I'm delighted to be back with the Dodgers," Koufax said. "I'm looking forward to contributing in any way I can to help make the team a success for the fans. Some of my most cherished memories came at Dodger Stadium."

Koufax hurled four no-hitters in his career, one of them a perfect game, and was a three-time unanimous selection as the National League's Cy Young Award winner as a season's top pitcher.

Koufax helped the Dodgers to World Series titles in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965, taking Most Valuable Player honors in the last two of those title runs. He went 4-3 with a 0.95 earned-run average in playoff games.

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