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Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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ISBN13: 9780060933296
ISBN10: 0060933291
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Nobody ever threw a baseball better than Sandy Koufax. He dominated the game — and the ball, making it rise, break, sing. Then, after his best season, in 1966, he was gone, retired at age thirty, leaving behind a reputation as the game's greatest lefty and most misunderstood man. The Brooklyn boy whom the Dodgers signed as "the Great Jewish Hope" will forever be known for his refusal to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. Forty years later, Koufax stands apart and alone, a legend who declines his own celebrity. In Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, Jane Leavy dispels the mystery to discover a man more than worthy of the myth.

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“The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed…. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written.” —Wall Street Journal

“Leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography. Its a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this heros self perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memory… a remarkably rich portrait.” — Time

The instant New York Times bestseller about the baseball legend and famously reclusive Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, from award-winning former Washington Post sportswriter Jane Leavy. Sandy Koufax reveals, for the first time, what drove the three-time Cy Young award winner to the pinnacle of baseball and then—just as quickly—into self-imposed exile.

About the Author

Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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songlaw, January 30, 2011 (view all comments by songlaw)
As a female sportswriter, Jane Leavy understands that she must excel at her craft. In illuminating the life of the likeable, but enigmatic Sandy Koufax, she approaches her subject with the unabashed awe that she shares with fans of players who not only defined their positions, but ennobled the game. In this reader's opinion, no pitcher has ever done that better than Koufax. With a determination to remove her rose-colored glasses (but with no desire to deny her subject the respect that his achievements merit), Ms. Leavy does a fine job of revealing his mortality, which makes his brilliance all the more incomparable.
It is Ms. Leavy's ability to bring to life her subject's feats of grandeur that sets this biography apart. Any baseball fan can recount certain thrilling games and heroic plays that he will never forget. Ms. Leavy deftly weaves together the stories that Koufax's teammates and opposing players take pride in telling. Far from being embarrassed by the ineptitude to which Koufax reduced the greatest hitters of his era, many relished the opportunity to salute him. It is this highest form of praise that makes Koufax's modesty so endearing. When so many of today's players compete to see how insufferably arrogant and boorish they can be (and too often get paid for doing so), Koufax’s determination to avoid the spotlight is as rare as his ability was astounding.
This fine work's dust jacket features an appraisal by Henry Aaron, who succinctly remembers Koufax, not just for his incredible talent, but also for the characteristic friendliness with which he approached "fringe" players, as well as other stars. When Aaron says that "this book is as good as Koufax," we should allow him the room he deserves to embellish a fine work. The best tribute that Leavy could receive is the recognition that her most enjoyable read proves that no book could ever be that good.
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justintime1961, August 11, 2010 (view all comments by justintime1961)
Sandy Koufax is the standard by which all athletes should be taught, for all aspects of his character in and out of the game. Jane Leavy is the perfect Koufax biographer, for focus, sensitivity and writing that parallels her subject's in excellence.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060933296
Subtitle:
A Lefty's Legacy
Author:
Leavy, Jane
Author:
by Jane Leavy
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Koufax, Sandy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
107-961
Publication Date:
20030902
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.04x5.30x.82 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , “The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed…. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written.” —Wall Street Journal

“Leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography. Its a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this heros self perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memory… a remarkably rich portrait.” — Time

The instant New York Times bestseller about the baseball legend and famously reclusive Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, from award-winning former Washington Post sportswriter Jane Leavy. Sandy Koufax reveals, for the first time, what drove the three-time Cy Young award winner to the pinnacle of baseball and then—just as quickly—into self-imposed exile.

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