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  • The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood | Jane Leavy

    The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Jane Leavy, John Bedford Lloyd
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    Drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, she delivers the definitive account of Mantle's life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with an achingly damaged soul.

    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest says: "Exceptional - a real must read for baseball fans"
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy | Jane Leavy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Charley Steiner
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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.

    steve finkelstein says: "Wow"
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy | Jane Leavy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Robert Pinsky
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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.

    david says: "needs better narration "
  • Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball | George Plimpton,Jane Leavy - foreword

    Out of My League: The Classic Hilarious Account of an Amateur's Ordeal in Professional Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By George Plimpton, Jane Leavy - foreword
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    The first of Plimpton's remarkable forays into participatory journalism, Out of My League chronicles with wit, charm, and grace what happens when a self-professed amateur has the chance to answer every fan's question: could he strike out a major league star? Plimpton's inspired idea - to get on the mound and pitch a few innings to the All-Stars of the American and National Leagues - begins as a fun-filled stunt and comes to a deeply hellish, nearly humiliating end.

    Jared Henderson says: "You Cannot Go Wrong With Plimpton"
  • Squeeze Play | Jane Leavy

    Squeeze Play

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    Troubles begin for sports reporter A.B. Berkowitz when she is assigned to cover the Washington Senators, who are having a lousy season. When A.B. points out the team's ineptitude, the players refuse to talk to her, except to attempt to gross her out as often as possible. Into this mix come the team's televangelist owner, her hard-core editor, a two-timing boyfriend, and an aging All-Star catcher who is becoming romantic.

    Ann says: "Numb"
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