April 6, 2004
Jane Leavy's biography of Sandy Koufax, A Lefty's Legacy, was a surprisingly light read, given the subject matter. Sandy Koufax was the premier pitcher in the mid-1960's, and Leavy examines his career in parallel with the changes in society and baseball during that time. I expected a more detailed view of the great pitcher's life, but the book mostly delves into Koufax's youth, on-field accomplishments and the arm problems that forced an early retirement. If you're looking for a Kitty Kelley tell-all, pass on this biography. This book is entertaining spring reading, the story of a reluctant hero in a time of change.
My next book, Jenny and the Jaws Of Life: Short Stories by Jincy Willett was recommended by a good friend. I have been a lifelong fan of short fiction, from fairy tales to Flannery O'Connor, Chekhov to Cheever, so I have high hopes for this book.