Monday, March 12, 2012

A Florida Appearance: Jane Leavy, the Koufax Biographer

This is for folks who will be Florida next week. Jane Leavy, who wrote the biography "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" will be talking about Baseball, the career of "The Left Hand of God" (Sandy Koufax) , and Mickey Mantle (the subject of her most recent book). Both events listed below are free for all to attend.

On Tuesday March 20th Jane Leavy will be speaking at the Vero Beach Book Center at 1:00 PM. Details are available here.

2145 Indian River Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 569-2050

Then on March 22nd she will be at the Blake Museum in Stuart, FL at 3:00 PM.

2351 S.E. Monterey Road
Stuart , 34996
(772) 288-5702

From the press release:

She wrote “Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy” with the Hall of Fame pitcher’s consent. He gave her an unprecedented access into his private life. Koufax won four World Series titles with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, threw four no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1965, and earned three Cy Young awards.

A lot more than a biography,” Daniel Okrent wrote in Time magazine. “It’s a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this hero’s self-perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memory.”

Leavy followed that book with “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood,” a definitive account of one of baseball’s biggest talents and most tragic figures. The outfielder won seven World Series titles with the New York Yankees, was voted the American League’s Most Valuable Player three times, and won the Triple Crown in 1956.

“‘The Last Boy’ is something new in the history of the histories of the Mick,” Keith Olbermann wrote in a review for the New York Times. “It is hard fact, reported by someone greatly skilled at that craft, assembled into an atypical biography by someone equally skilled at doing that, and presented so that the reader and not the author draws nearly all the ­conclusions.”

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