Jane Leavy

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Jane Leavy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Last Boy, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy and the comic novel Squeeze Play, which Entertainment Weekly called “the best novel ever written about baseball.” Her latest book is The Big Fella. She was a staff writer at The Washington Post from 1979 to1988, first in the sports section, then writing for the style section. She covered baseball, tennis, and the Olympics for the paper. She wrote features for the style section about sports, politics, and pop culture, including, most memorably, a profile of Mugsy Bogues, the 5’3″ guard for the Washington Wizards, which was longer than he is tall.

Before joining the The Washington Post, she was a staff writer at womenSports and Self magazine
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Why on Earth Did Boston Sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees?

Read Jane’s op-ed in the New York Times on the sale, at the end of 1919, that changed baseball — and New York City — forever: One hundred years ago on Christmas Day, typically the slowest news day of the year, George Herman Ruth Jr. knew there would be a news hole to fill. He […]
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Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle...

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The Big Fella: Babe Ruth an...

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Squeeze Play: A Novel

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“In the immortal words of Willie Stargell, trying to hit Koufax was like “trying to drink coffee with a fork.”
Jane Leavy, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

“When Mantle faced the cameras for the last time a month before his death, he was a husk of a man, shrunken by cancer. The stiff brim of his 1995 All-Star Game cap dwarfed his brow. There was no Mantle Roll. He looked straight into the cameras and told us all, 'Don't be like me.'

The transformation of The Mick parallels the transformation of American culture from willful innocence to knowing cynicism. To tell his story is to tell ours.”
Jane Leavy, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

“It’s like being in the ballpark with Jesus.”
Jane Leavy, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

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