Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 13, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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In an era when too many heroes have been toppled from too many pedestals, Sandy Koufax stands apart and alone, a legend who declined his own celebrity. As a pitcher, he was sublime, the ace of baseball lore. As a human being, he aspired to be the one thing his talent and his fame wouldn't allow: a regular guy. A Brooklyn kid, he was the product of the sedate and modest fifties who came to define and dominate baseball in the sixties. In Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, former award-winning Washington Post sportswriter Jane Leavy delivers an uncommon baseball book, vividly re-creating the Koufax era, when presidents were believed and pitchers aspired to go the distance.

He was only a teenager when Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley proclaimed him "the Great Jewish Hope" of the franchise. But it wasn't until long after the team had abandoned Brooklyn that the man became the myth. Old-fashioned in his willingness to play when he was injured and in his acute sense of responsibility to his team, Koutax answered to an authority higher than manager Walter Alston. When he refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, he inadvertently made himself a religious icon and an irrevocably public figure. A year later, he was gone -- done with baseball at age thirty. No other sports hero had retired so young, so well, or so completely.

Despite Sandy Koufax's best efforts to protect his privacy, his legend has grown larger ever since. Part biography, part cultural history, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy gets as close to that legend as he will allow. Through meticulous reporting and interviews with five hundred of his friends, teammates, and opponents, Leavy penetrates the mythology to discover a man more than worthy of myth.

  

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User Review  - Conor Mullaney - Goodreads

This is a very interesting book that tells the story of the great Sandy Koufax from the beginning. It tells a story that you wouldn't expect would come from such a dominant pitcher in baseball's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Reagan Atallah - Goodreads

I chose this book because I am a huge Dodger fan. This book is fascinating story of Sandy Koufax's perfect game. There is also another story telling how he became the person he is. My favorite quote ... Read full review

Contents

WARMING UP
1
THE PREGAME SHOW
15
WHEN SANDY TOUCHED THE SKY
25
THE FIRST INNING
41
THE ACCIDENTAL PITCHER
46
THE SECOND INNING
59
THE GREENHORN
63
THE THIRD INNING
78
THE SEVENTH INNING
163
KING OF THE JEWS
167
THE EIGHTH INNING
195
WARNING SHOT
199
THE NINTH INNING
212
SWEET SORROW
221
THE AFTERLIFE
240
THE PROBLEM WITH PAGE 111
266

TO BE YOUNG AND WILD
81
THE FOURTH INNING
96
THE FIFTH INNING
107
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
112
THE SIXTH INNING
142
PULLING TEETH
146
APPENDIX
274
CAREER STATISTICS
276
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
277
INDEX
281
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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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