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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Leavy Narrator: Jane Leavy, Robert Pinsky Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nobody ever threw a baseball better than Sandy Koufax. He dominated the game -- and the ball, making it rise, break, sing. Then, after his best season, in 1966, he was gone, retired at age thirty, leaving behind a reputation as the game's greatest lefty and most misunderstood man. The Brooklyn boy whom the Dodgers signed as "the Great Jewish Hope" will forever be known for his refusal to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. Forty years later, Koufax stands apart and alone, a legend who declines his own celebrity. In Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, Jane Leavy dispels the mystery to discover a man more than worthy of the myth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Leavy has written a very good and meaningful book about baseball. She knows the game and she is acute in placing it in its social context. She writes gracefully and with feeling.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review 

  • “An exhaustively researched study that paints an intriguing portrait of the famously reclusive Dodger pitcher.” 

    Sports Illustrated

  • “A rich baseball pastiche and an engaging look at the game’s more innocent period…An honest and exquisitely detailed examination of a complex man.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author’s extensive research and interviews with Koufax’s friends and former ballplayers are extraordinary…Highly recommended…Hard to imagine it being any better written.” 


  • “Comments from contemporaries in baseball as well as from others Koufax touched and continues to touch today make this audio absolutely inspiring…Very highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • “A very convincing portrait…Leavy reveals also a man of dignity, honesty, and courtesy…Well-conceived and sharply drawn, a thinking fan’s biography.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandon | 2/18/2014

    " I took this book with me once to my parents' house. My father asked me about it and expressed mild interest. A few months after I finished it he received it from his boss and then he told me all about this new book I should read entitled "Sandy Koufax." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by West | 2/16/2014

    " Story about the greatest player from the only team that matters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phillip | 2/13/2014

    " A great book about a great pitcher and a good guy. Koufax was so much better than anyone else in the league there's only ever been one pitcher that has approximated his success over a shot time period. Well written in a clever format. If you like baseball, and like the Koufax era, you'll enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob Schoenbach | 2/2/2014

    " This book switches back and forth between Koufax's life story and his Sept 9 1965 perfect game. This aspect makes for a fun read. Being Jewish and growing up in New York in the 40s and 50s is what you learn about here. Being that Koufax was my Dad's athletic hero, I felt very close to him the 2 times I read this book. This book would make a great Bar Mitzvah gift :-) "

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About the Narrator

Robert Pinsky was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. He went to college at Rutgers and then to graduate studies at Stanford, where he held a Stegner Fellowship. Among his collections of poetry are Gulf Music, Jersey Rain, The Want Bone, and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996. His bestselling translation The Inferno of Dante received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. His prose books include The Life of David, The Situation of Poetry, and The Sounds of Poetry. Among his awards and honors are the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, the Italian Premio Capri, the PEN-Volcker Award, and the Korean Manhae Prize. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEN American Center. Robert Pinsky founded The Favorite Poem Project, including the videos that can be seen at www.favoritepoem.org, while serving an unprecedented three terms as United States Poet Laureate.