Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy
A Lefty's Legacy

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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. It’s a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this hero’s 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 Jane Leavy

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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.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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because he is reserved and Jewish, he was typecast as “moody, aloof, curt, intellectual, different.” Yes, he wouldn’t pitch the opening game of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, an act with profound cultural impact, and yes, he liked to read, a positive egghead by sporting standards...

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While Leavy's interest in Koufax's Jewish heritage at times seems to border on the obsessive, she delivers an honest and exquisitely detailed examination of a complex man, one whose skills were such that slugger Willie Stargell once likened hitting against Koufax to "trying to drink coffee with a...

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She substantiates her claim about Koufax for these reasons: While Koufax was not the earliest Jewish baseball player, he was one of the earliest Jewish baseball players to become famous.

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People

Who knew that Sandy Koufax, the Dodger pitcher who famously declined to start a 1965 World Series game because it fell on Yom Kippur, was never even bar mitzvahed?

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So it was fascinating to note that in the follow-up coverage to the first boxing match held at Yankee Stadium in 34 years this past weekend, the reason why promoters said a follow-up was unlikely was rooted not in technical difficulties or whether the sport (which was once, along with baseball, o...

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At Home Plate

Ira Green, father of former Los Angeles Dodger Shawn Green, tells his son that he saw Koufax play some number of years after Green became a star in the Major Leagues;

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