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Lefty by Vernona Gomez
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May 08, 12

bookshelves: first-read
Read from April 29 to May 07, 2012

I recieved an advanced copy through goodreads first read program.

I am a big baseball fan and I enjoy reading about history. You get great baseball history in this book on the life of Vernon "Lefty" Gomez who was a pitcher for the New York Yankess in the 1930s. Lefty's daughter is one of the authors and she gives you an in depth look at her father who was known for being goofy. I really enjoyed the footnotes which often contained the story behind the story. I learned some things about the Yankees and their stars such as Ruth Gehrig and DiMaggio that made me go "wow". Learned the reason that the Indians declined their option on Lefty which was suprising. Gives the book an R rating. Also learned that DiMaggio was planning on remarrying Marilyn Monroe right before she took her own life. The author/daughter even covers Lefty and June's marital seperation which I am sure wasn't easy to write about. Great read. Enjoyed it.
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