Jane Leavy Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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Sandy Koufax was the consummate pitcher: elegant, dominant, unsurpassed. He defined and distinguished himself by what he did on the baseball field and what he refused to do. He challenged batters and stereotypes. On the evening of September 9, 1965, he pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. Less than a month later, he achieved another kind of perfection by refusing to pitch the opening game of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Until then, he was a ballplayer, perhaps the greatest lefthander of all time. Forever after, he would be a symbol, the one thing he never wanted to be.

A year later, he was gone -- done with baseball at age thirty. No other sports hero retired so young, so well, or so completely. Opting out of celebrity, refusing to cannibalize himself for profit, he is described by one former Dodger "as the most misunderstood man in baseball." Part biography and part cultural history, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy gets as close to the legend as he will allow.

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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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Sandy Koufax has been called aloof and a recluse. Janet Leavy's definitive Koufax biography dispels these myths and reveals the true Koufax. Charley Steiner's reading is as masterful as the book. Whether conveying the fans' excitement when Koufax pitched or their dismay when he retired at age 30, Steiner hits a home run. He reads with the authority of a sports anchor, without losing the enthusiasm of a fan who learns that his hero really was a man of honor, who pitched despite intense pain. Steiner is especially effective in the passages that describe the adoration of Koufax's fans and their efforts to meet him or obtain his prized autograph. This biography transcends the topic of baseball. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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