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Sandy Koufax once owned a glorious motel

May 30, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

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I don’t know if the motel was glorious, but Sandy looked like absolute MONEY in front of it in the 1960s picture that accompanies Michael Beschloss’ story about it at the New York Times. Click through to see it and then ask yourself if you’d ever in your life want to stay someplace else:

In 1962, the star Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax invested in a West Hollywood motor inn, which was renamed “Sandy Koufax’s Tropicana Motel.” Down Santa Monica Boulevard from the famed Troubadour club, these “74 luxurious air-conditioned rooms” — rented at “popular prices” — came to lodge some of the biggest musical acts of the period: Alice Cooper, Bob Marley, the Mamas and the Papas, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and the Doors.

Beschloss goes from that onto the story of Koufax and Don Drysdale and their infamous holdout before the 1966 season. That story is pretty well known, but man, I can’t get over the idea of chilling at the pool at Koufax’s Tropicana Motel with Michelle Phillips or someone like her.

  1. APBA Guy - May 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Cool story from Beschloss. That motel was like a transition from Rat-pack cool to LA musician-hipster cool, with the exception of Alice Cooper.

    1966 era Michelle Phillips is very tasteful.

  2. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    First time I’ve seen “Glorious” and “Motel” side by side in the same sentence.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      You’ve never experienced the bullet proof metal doors of a Red Roof Inn.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I completely agree with Calcaterra. Staying at that motel would have been pretty awesome. Love the picture too.

  4. hushbrother - May 30, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) is also a must-follow on Twitter.

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - May 30, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Once upon a time there were “glorious motels”.


  6. gloccamorra - May 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Craig, does your wife knit? She might be a latter day Madame Defarge, keeping track of your lustful daydreams involving Michelle Phillips, et al. You might have been better off daydreaming of having a drink with Jim Morrison!

  7. mvandermast - May 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    >I can’t get over the idea of chilling at the pool at Koufax’s Tropicana Motel with Michelle Phillips…
    This is now my favorite 1966-related fantasy not involving Julie Newmar.

  8. jimeejohnson - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    KoufaxMitzvah had his Bar Mitzvah there.

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