Sandy Koufax

A Lefty's Legacy
Narrated by: Charley Steiner
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Baseball Favorite

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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The Greatest Lefty I've Ever seen

What did you like about this audiobook?

This audiobook kept my interest from beginning to end. I think the audiobook is equal to the print version. I have also read the print version & loved it.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

It gave me the chance to re-live my youth and remember watching the best pitcher in baseball during the '60's.The Boys of Summer is another of the audiobooks I enjoyed that compares to Sandy Koufax because like Koufax, I kept my attention until the end. The Greatest Game Ever Pitched is the book I'm reading now (& I wish it was available in audiobook) because I was among the fans that witnessed the game at the "Stick" that night.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes she does. although I've never met Jane Leavy, I believe this book brings a very personal warmth & humor in the way it's written. I like that.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Absolutely nothing!

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Is "Sandy Koufax, A Lefty's Legacy" available in enhanced form? If not, why not?

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Wow

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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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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FANTASTIC

I listen to 40 audible books a year..This is one of the best..A Great Story and narrator A PERFECT LISTEN

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Read this book

If you’re reading this, you’re already interested in the story of Sandy Koufax. Don’t overthink it. Download the book and enjoy.

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Story's great, format was a bit rough

I enjoyed Sandy Koufax's story immensely. It cleared up a lot about him I never knew. Primarily, I was under the impression that he retired in a Jim Brown-like fashion, choosing to go out on top & wasn't chased away due to injury or anything, but apparently that was a big misconception. Sandy was such a powerful pitcher filled with stamina he spent his arm before he really seemed to get going due to medical abilities at the time. It's interesting to wonder what type of career he may have had if he had the medical technology of today to support him. The book itself was good. It was filled with many behind-the-curtain moments revealing the truth and myths behind the legend of Koufax. The only thing I didn't really care for was the format. It bounced around a bit and it was unclear where in his career the discussion currently would be sometimes. The narration was great. Definitely would recommend it otherwise for any baseball fan.

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Enjoyable

Enjoyable, comfortable audio book of simpler times of one of the great left-handed pitchers the game has ever witnessed.

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Loved it

Loved this book laughed and learned a lot about Koufax. Looking forward to reading his autobiography book.

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Great story about a Dodgers Great

It was a little choppy to start. Once the rhythm of the book was established it was a great listen. I learned a lot of the history of the Dodgers and what a great man Sandy Koufax was to so many people.