"It is not the color of baseball, decidedly not Dodger Blue. It is, in fact, a perfect rendering of his Otherness."

— Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy (The author’s observations of the painting of Sandy Koufax by R. B. Kitaj)

Truly Setting Ourselves Apart

Otherness — isn’t that what we all seek? Being like everybody else is just boring, and it doesn’t set us apart.

Koufax was great as a pitcher, but he combined that skill with being courageous about his choices and by always breaking barriers. He was a complete “other” in his world. He was The Beatles of baseball.

I encourage each of us to emulate this combination of skill and courage and I wish you all greatness in your otherness.

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About the Author

Jeff Black

Jeff Black serves as a Partner at McDermott + Bull and is part of the firm’s Consumer Brands and Education, Non-Profit, + Public Entities practices, based in Irvine, CA. Jeff brings over 20 years of experience in helping companies realize an ideal fit between executive talent and their culture and values. Jeff’s clients consist of culturally rich and socially responsible companies and nonprofit organizations.