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Jane Leavy

Author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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Jane Leavy is an American writer who grew up on Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Early in her career she was staff writer for womenSports and Self magazines. From 1979-1988 she worked for the Washington Post show more covering sports, and later the style section which included sports, politics, and pop culture. Her writing has also been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and other prominent publications. Her books include Squeeze Play: A Novel, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, and The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but I couldn't work up enough interest to keep going beyond the first chapter.
Doodlebug34 | 7 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
Simply put, a great biography. I came away from it feeling like I knew as much about Sandy Koufax as I could possibly know without knowing him personally, like I knew where he came from and how he got where he got to, and how he felt about the journey. With (generally) stylish writing as part of the mix, a better achievement in biography seems difficult to imagine, particularly for a subject as elusive as Koufax. This is a splendid book.
jumblejim | 13 other reviews | Aug 26, 2023 |
When it comes to sports there are always winners and losers. The winners here are the writers themselves as well and editors who chose what to include. The book was full of excellent writing and it was obvious that careful and intelligent decisions were made on just who should be in this collection. But the looser here has to be the people in charge of proof reading the e books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. My edition contained a disgraceful amount of typos. Who does Houghton have working on their e books , a bunch of third graders ? Seriously, they should be embarrassed with this product. I actually feel like I deserve a refund.… (more)
kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
Non-fiction about the legendary Dodgers’ pitcher Sandy Koufax. It is told in alternating chapters of one of his best pitching performances and biographical insights. The author sets the record straight regarding several myths. It harkens back to an earlier age in baseball, prior to free agency, when “bonus babies” were required to remain on the major league team even if it would have served everyone better to go through the learning experiences in the minor leagues. It covers a wide range of topics, including his Jewish faith, friendships with other players, integrity, and accomplishments. It raises questions of how much better he could have been if not mishandled by the Dodgers early in his career. It sheds light on decisions such as the joint hold-out with Don Drysdale and why he retired when he did. I was astounded at the extremes he endured to deal with the pain in his arm, near the end of his career, while still managing to attain spectacular results.

The author weaves together many interviews from players, fans, and management to provide a fascinating picture of an interesting man. This is not a typical biography, as in it does not follow a linear progression through his life, but instead contains social commentary about the times and stories from his life that highlight his personal qualities. Overall, I found it an enjoyable read. Recommended to baseball fans interested in learning more about the life of Sandy Koufax.
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Castlelass | 13 other reviews | Oct 30, 2022 |



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