Koufax, Kershaw, and JESUS
December 31, 2015, 4:17 pm
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book

In life, we tend to have heroes. As a boy who loved the game of baseball, my early heroes were baseball players and one of my earliest memories was the 1963 World Series, when the Dodgers swept the Yankees behind the great pitching of Drysdale, Podres, and Sandy Koufax. In the series, Koufax became a star. Today, one of my favorite athletes is Clayton Kershaw. He is a great pitcher, but one who identified himself as “a Christian who plays baseball”. But my hero is Jesus Christ! Here’s why.
Sandy Koufax was 111-34 with a 1.95 ERA in 176 starts with the Dodgers from 1962 to 1966, a five-season stretch that closed out his major league career. During that stretch, he led the NL in ERA every season and pitched four no-hitters. He did this during his last five seasons, retiring at age 30.
By comparison, Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw is 88-33 with a 2.11 ERA in 159 starts over the last five seasons, with four ERA titles and one no-hitter. He has done this since his 23rd birthday, and will turn 28 in March.
Jesus Christ never won a game because he wasn’t a pitcher. But by age 33, Jesus Christ had defeated sin, Satan, and death and won salvation for all mankind by his death, burial, and resurrection.
I’m a big baseball fan. I have a book about Sandy Koufax, and another one about Clayton Kershaw. In Kershaw’s book I learn that he is a follower of Jesus Christ, whom is the most important person or thing in his life. In Koufax’s book, I learn that he is Jewish. In the Bible, the book about Jesus Christ, I learn that He died for Koufax, Kershaw, me, and you. The most important thing in your life is that being a fan of Koufax and Kershaw is okay but please don’t be a fan of Jesus Christ. Be a follower. Come to Him for salvation and then follow after Him.


Jesus, my strength when I am weak