Tiger Woods’ autograph is hard to come by. He gives it very sparingly and uses Upper Deck to help limit forgeries that typically flood the market for autographs.
Tiger himself has only asked for two autographs in his entire life. The first was from boxing great Muhammad Ali. Who was the other?
Dodger great Sandy Koufax.
Why Koufax? It turns out that Tiger Woods is a lifelong Dodger fan and has always felt that Sandy Koufax, along with Jackie Robinson, epitomized what the Dodgers were all about
Said Woods, “I’ve been a Dodger fan my entire life, and Koufax is the man. For pitchers, you wouldn’t think of any other player. During [five years in the 1960s] nobody could catch him.”
Tiger actually secured the autograph by reaching out to his sources at Upper Deck. He mentioned to them that if any of them had contact with Koufax, could they possibly ask for an autograph. The next time that Tiger bumped into his Upper Deck source, the rep handed him a baseball with a personalized inscription.
Woods has placed the ball amongst his other trophies and memorabilia. “It’s at home in my bedroom, sitting right there.”
Tiger Woods – Golf Superstar and L.A. Dodgers Fan!