Jewish people will not work on Saturday.
n 1965, Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in Game One of the World Series because it was Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. Instead of Koufax, Don Drysdale pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. “I bet right now you wish I was Jewish, too,” Drysdale said to Walter Alston when the manager came to pull him from the game. The Dodgers lost to the Minnesota Twins, 8-2.
|Koufax and Jewish holidays|
|Sandy Koufax regularly pitched on the Jewish Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday), and never pitched on the first day of Passover, when the Passover Seder is held. He also never pitched on Rosh Hashanah.|
Instead of pitching that day, Koufax attended synagogue in Minneapolis. As the Dodgers’ ace, Koufax still pitched Games Two, Five, and Seven, throwing complete-game shutouts in Games Five and Seven. Koufax’s decision and his pitching brilliance remain a source of pride among devout American Jews, even those who aren’t baseball fans.
Should the Dodgers have fired their ace?
A doctor who is Jewish is faced with a dilemma. The hospital he works at has been inundated by hurt people from a disaster. They have called him in. But it is a religious holiday. Does he pick religion over his oath to save the victims of the crisis?