Lefty by Vernona Gomez
An American Odyssey

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An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose outsized personality looms even larger than his considerable athletic achievements.
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“An intimate portrait of a man whose life off the field was equally as captivating as his unparalleled baseball career.”—Yankees Magazine  
 
Born into a small-town California ranching family, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his powerful arm and jocular personality across America to the dugout of the New York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters with his blazing fastball, establishing himself as the team’s ace. Now, drawing on countless conversations with Lefty, more than three hundred interviews conducted with his family, friends, competitors, and teammates over the course of a decade, and revealing candid photos, documents, and film clips—many never shown publicly—his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award-winning co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the life and adventures of the irreverent southpaw. A star-studded romp through America’s most glamorous years, with cameos from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, George Gershwin, Ernest Hemingway, and Marilyn Monroe, Lefty is at once a long-overdue reminder of a pitcher’s greatness and a heartwarming celebration of a life well-lived.
 
“His story transcends sports and gives us a much-needed lesson in grit and grace.”—Jon Meacham
 
“A loving and beautifully written tribute . . . Be prepared to be transformed, and to discover stars who were stars in an age when that word really meant something.”—Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning
 
“An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose outsized personality looms even larger than his considerable athletic achievements.”—Kirkus Reviews
 

About Vernona Gomez

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Vernona Gomez is the daughter of June O'Dea and Vernon "Lefty" Gomez. As a child, she bounced on Babe Ruth's knee, made sand castles on the beach with Joe DiMaggio, and won at cards with the legendary Cy Young. Growing up in a baseball family, Vernona brings an eyewitness account to the adventures chronicled in this book. She is a concert pianist, owner of the Creative Coaching Music Studio in Southport, Connecticut, and has two sons, John and Andrew.Lawrence Goldstone is the author or co-author of thirteen previous books of fiction and nonfiction. One of his novels won a New American Writing Award, another was a New York Times notable mystery. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Salon, and Slate, among others. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife and daughter.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose outsized personality looms even larger than his considerable athletic achievements.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on Jun 08 2012

...charming, lighthearted and overdue biography...about one of the long-forgotten stars of the game.

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Statesman.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Brad Buchholz on Jul 01 2012

Lefty is a saga, all right, endearing for its vivid snapshots of long-lost diamonds and the colorful players who inhabited them.

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Tampa Bay Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Bob D'Angelo on Sep 30 2012

It’s the kind of story Lefty would have enjoyed telling. But Vernona got it right.

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St. Cloud Visitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Ann Jonas

Lefty is an interesting story of an entertaining baseball player, to be sure, but it also offers a glimpse at the time period when many of the larger-than-life legends of the game played ball.

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Just A Girl Who Reads

Good
Reviewed by Bella on May 16 2012

This was an easy to read book, the narrative was flowing...a well rounded account.

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