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Koufax with the Los Angeles Dodgers, c. 1965

Sandy Koufax (born 1935) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, one of MLB's all-time greats, who played for the Dodgers from 1955 to 1966. He had a losing career record before the 1961 season. After making adjustments, he became MLB's most dominant pitcher. In 1965 he set an MLB record with 382 strikeouts; it remains the top mark for National League (NL) pitchers and left-handers. Koufax won the Cy Young Award three times in four years, and was named the NL's most valuable player in 1963. He was the first MLB pitcher to throw four no-hitters, and in 1965 became the first left-hander since 1880 to pitch a perfect game. Koufax is one of the most outstanding Jewish athletes; his decision not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur drew national attention. After he retired at the age of 30 due to arthritis in an elbow, he became the youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame, in 1972. He has since worked for the Dodgers in a variety of capacities. (Full article...)

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Key monastery

Key Monastery is a monastery belonging to the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, located at an elevation of 4,166 m (13,668 ft) on a hill rising above the Spiti valley in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Said to have been founded in the 11th century, it is the largest monastery in Spiti, housing hundreds of monks. This view shows the monastery in winter, overlooking the snow-covered Spiti river valley with the Himalayas in the background.

Photograph credit: Kulbhushan Suryawanshi

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