Title: Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
Publisher: Harper Perennial, New York
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line, of the 2010 reissue (first Perennial edition 2003). Dated, inscribed (to a longtime Yankee fan), and signed by the author (also a longtime Yankee fan) on the title page: "December 25, 2010 / For Mark, / So, you probably understand why I told Sandy I hated his guts the first time we met. How could he do that to The Mick? / Best wishes, / Jane Leavy." What he did to Mantle, of course, was beat his team in two complete games as the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Series (Mantle did have a homer off Koufax to account for the Yankees' only run in the final game). Leavy is also the author of the fascinating Mantle bio "The Last Boy." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; spine and wraps uncreased. Sleeve protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003436
?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.
From the Back Cover:
No immortal in the history of baseball retired so young, so well, or so completely as Sandy Koufax. After compiling a remarkable record from 1962 to 1966 that saw him lead the National League in ERA all five years, win three Cy Young awards, and pitch four no-hitters including a perfect game, Koufax essentially disappeared. Save for his induction into the Hall of Fame and occasional appearances at the Dodgers training camp, Koufax has remained unavailable, unassailable, and unsullied, in the process becoming much more than just the best pitcher of his generation. He is the Jewish boy from Brooklyn, who refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series on Yom Kippur, defining himself as a man who placed faith over fame. This act made him the standard to which Jewish parents still hold their children. Except for his autobiography (published in 1966), Koufax has resolutely avoided talking about himself. But through sheer doggedness that even Koufax came to marvel at, Jane Leavy was able to gain his trust to the point where they talked regularly over the three years Leavy reported her book. With Koufax?s blessing, Leavy interviewed nearly every one of his former teammates, opponents, and friends, and emerged with a portrait of the artist that is as thorough and stylish as was his command on the pitching mound.
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