A wonderful biography and great discription of the times. Anyone with the slightest interest in baseball will enjoy this book. One of the good things about it is that it is not overburded with minor details. It captures the essences of the man,the times of his youth and his great, even though short, career.
'Unlike most biographies, Jane Leavy's absorbing look at sandy Koufax is informed neither by reverence nor resentment but by an honest appreciation of what made him different. Just as Koufax defied the norms of a media-driven culture, Leavy defies and exceeds the norms of sports biography."---Bob Costas
Sandy Koufax is my all-time favorite baseball player. One of the few players who ever had the guts to quit at the peak of their career. I've read this twice and loaned it out to family members, too. If you like baseball, you'll love this book.
Very well-written account of the life of Sandy Koufax. If you already know a lot about him you might find it dull, but for a casual fan very good reading. Insight into a very private life.
I'm a Phillies fan but a baseball lover, and I jumped at the chance to read a bio of the seemingly elusive Koufax. After reading this book I almost feel like I know the man personally. Jane Leavy has spun a gem with this book, and you most certainly don't need to be a Dodger fan to enjoy it.
Not being of the Jewish faith, I was still aware of the importance of the immense barriers Koufax broke down for his fellow Jews. For some he was an ace hurler. For others, a savior.
Leavy breaks down important games in Koufax's career in sharp, staccato prose resembling a crisp spring training day. She has an eye and ear for the game, and a distant respect for Sandy Koufax that he's wanted all his life.
I gave this book to my boyfriend who thoroughly enjoyed it. He thinks the world of Sandy Koufax and was very pleased with the book
My goodness, did every New Yorker growing up in the 50s write a book about the Dodgers?!? Where are the books about the Kansas City A's? Anyway, this is an old fashioned paean to baseball heroism, the kind I grew up with.
An outstanding book about a truly outstanding person according to those who know him both personally and professionally. Great job Jane Leavy!!
Best I've read on Koufax!
If you are a baseball fan, this is a very interesting book.