Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

Better than your average player bio. But Koufax is more interesting than your average player. Definitely a bit too long on Koufax the Jewish hero, perhaps a bit too long on Koufax the Jew. And the ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

In the years of Koufax's ascendancy, my family was still reeling from the Dodgers' desertion. So we ignored them as much as we could, which meant that apart from a vague impression of a super pitcher ... Read full review

Contents

WARMING UP
1
THE PREGAME SHOW
15
WHEN SANDY TOUCHED THE
25
THE FIRST INNING
41
THE ACCIDENTAL PITCHER
46
THE SECOND INNING 7 THE GREENHORN
63
THE THIRD INNING
78
THE FOURTH INNING
96
THE SEVENTH INNING
163
KING OF THE JEWS
167
THE EIGHTH INNING
195
WARNING SHOT
199
THE NINTH INNING
212
THE AFTERLIFE
240
THE PROBLEM WITH PAGE 111
266
APPENDIX
274

1961
98
THE FIFTH INNING
109
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
112
THE SIXTH INNING
142
PULLING TEETH
146
CAREER STATISTICS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
277
INDEX
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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.

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