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Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy
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Mar 23, 08

bookshelves: baseball
Recommended for: pitchers, Jews, baseball fans of any age
Read in March, 2008

4 stars for this excellent biography of a man - not merely a ballplayer. There is little pretense here and little classic narrative structure - leading to more a study of a man's impact on those around him than to any meteoric rise or tragic fall that he might have encountered. Not the typical baseball book by any means, but according to Leavy, Koufax wasn't the typical ballplayer.

In the end, I figure it is very Koufaxian - it made me respect the man much more than it made me stand in awe of him. Koufax is the player that I would want to be.
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