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ESPN's Jeff Passan opens up on his Hebrew school upbringing, interviewing Sandy Koufax and Jewish baseball history


March 17, 2023

Jeff Passan at his bar mitzvah, Oct. 9, 1993.

(JTA) - For tuned-in baseball fans, Jeff Passan is everywhere. As ESPN's senior MLB insider, he frequently breaks some of the sport's biggest news and appears on several of the global sports network's television, radio and podcast programs.

After two decades of reporting, can anything make him nervous? There is one athlete who does: Jewish legend Sandy Koufax.

"Generally speaking, when I'm talking to people, I'll call them by their first name. He was Mr. Koufax," Passan told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the pitcher he once wrote a paper about for Hebrew school.

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