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Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy | [Jane Leavy]

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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.
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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.

©2002 Jane Leavy; (P)2003 HarperCollins

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    steve finkelstein 01-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    What did you love best about Sandy Koufax?

    The book is easy to listen to and parallels a lot of idolizing of Mr. Koufax. The writing is wonderful. Having Charlie Steiner narrate the book is pure genius. Charlie is great talking about sports. Getting to listen to him for an extended period is great. I know, overuse of the word


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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 02-09-11
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "anti-jew or ultimate jew"

    what is the bigoted cartoon image of a jew ?
    loud, abrasive, short, fat, ugly, physically inept
    greedy, dishonest, egotistical, mean-spirited

    what if you are a jew and are none of those ?
    would you make american jews look at themselves differently ?
    would you become a yardstick of achievement/assimilation ?

    he's a hard man to write about as he relentlessly avoids the spotlight
    what we get is the image of his admirers in the mirror of his career
    but the list of his admirers is as impressive as it is long

    the modern athletic soap opera seems pale in comparison
    his character was greater than his ability and his ability was immense
    i only hope jane leavy decides to call rachel robinson some day about a book

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    Thomas Orland park, IL, United States 04-21-14
    Thomas Orland park, IL, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    Great story about a great man...Exceptionally written, Koufax's life story being told while woven between the innings of the perfect game he threw...It is refreshing being able to read about a boyhood hero that wasn't a fall down drunk or an egotistical psycho...Can't wait for your next book...

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    Louis Higgins Minneapolis, MN 12-11-12
    Louis Higgins Minneapolis, MN 12-11-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Portrait of a facinating man in a bygone era"
    Would you listen to Sandy Koufax again? Why?

    This was a great read. The author paints a wonderful protrait of great figure and simultaneously brings the reader back in time to a era when baseball was a different game,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sandy Koufax?

    I especially enjoyed the stories about ways that Sandy Koufax was often misunderstood by the media and the public.


    What about Charley Steiner’s performance did you like?

    Charley Steiner's passion for the subject was apparent in every sentence.


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    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 12-09-12
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    "Koufax the great!"
    What did you like best about Sandy Koufax? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed Charlie Steiner as the Narrator


    Would you recommend Sandy Koufax to your friends? Why or why not?

    sure


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing I thought it was well done


    Do you think Sandy Koufax needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book but only gave it a 3 out of five because I was hoping to find out more about Koufax and his off the field life. You what did he actually do after the finished playing, etc.

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