It took the greatest LHP to knock me off the ’55 Brooklyn Dodgers:
Here is the story that aired yesterday afternoon on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
This is my claim to fame. I was summoned to the office of Buzzie Bavasi.
“I got bad news,” Buzzie said.
“What’s wrong, Buzzie,” I replied. “Is one of your relatives sick?
“I’ve got to cut one guy from this club,” he said. “And I’m going to have to cut you.”
“Buzzie, I won 18 games last year in triple-A,” I said. “What do I have to do to prove to you and the manager that I can pitch here in Brooklyn?”
“Look Tommy, I’ve got a tough job,” he said. “If you were sitting in this chair who would you get rid of?”
And without hesitation I said Koufax.
At that time he couldn’t hit a barn door 60 feet away with a baseball.
“Look Tommy,” he said. “The rules of baseball provide that if you give a player a $4,000 bonus they have to stay on the Major League roster for two years. So Koufax stays, and you must go.”
And now I can say that it took the greatest left-hander in the history of baseball to knock me off of that Brooklyn club.
And I still think they made a big mistake!