Last fall, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a special wall in our galleries, called “Recognize,” as a place to highlight one important person in our collection as chosen by the Portrait Gallery’s friends and fans. This is a chance for the public to help us decide what will go on display, from a group of three portraits currently in storage. The candidate with the most votes will be featured on the “Recognize” wall, near the north entrance to our museum.
In the last round of “Recognize,” voters elected to display a portrait of George Carlin by Arthur Grace. Now it’s time to select a new candidate, and the National Portrait Gallery is ready for your vote!
Brooklyn native Sanford “Sandy” Koufax (born 1935) pitched twelve seasons for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. In the 1965 season, Koufax led the league in strikeouts (382), wins (26), and earned-run average (2.04). He also threw his fourth no-hitter, a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965. For the second time, Koufax was the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award. Koufax declined to pitch game one of that year’s World Series in observation of Yom Kippur. But his complete game shutout of the Minnesota Twins in game five, followed by a three-hit shutout in game seven, made Koufax the World Series MVP for the second time.
About the artist: Born in Manhattan, Leigh Wiener made his first sale of photographs, to Collier’s magazine, when he was 14. In 1965 Wiener made a television documentary about football, A Slice of Sunday, using equipment he designed himself. The film is recognized as the prototype for NFL Today, which airs nationwide every Sunday. In the 1970s, Weiner created and co-hosted the Emmy Award–winning television show about photography, Talk About Pictures.