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Lefty: An American Odyssey

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    This is a great story about the rewards of perserverence and tal

    This is a great story about the rewards of perserverence and talent. This guy had a huge heart and loved his fans just as much as they loved him. He was gifted with a blazing fastball. It's a shame there were no radar guns in those days to measure the speed.

    Tocay's ball players would do well to follow Lefty's lead when it comes to dedication to the game and the people who love baseball.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    Must read for any true baseball fan!

    This is a fantastic story about Lefty Gomez, written by his daughter and L.Goldstone (who is not a ghost writer - his name appears on the book!). The pages are filled with humor and honesty as they describe Lefty's life from his humble beginnings in Rodeo, CA to his fame as a Hall of Fame pitcher for the NY Yankees. It tells the story also of how baseball progressed from its time during the depression. Life was not easy for minor leaguers. Stories, one-liners, and anecdotes are plentiful. There are insights into the personalities of names we all recognize as synonymous with baseball and Yankees - e.g. DiMaggio, Rizzuto. It is written from first-hand knowledge, and with great feeling. Anyone who loves baseball will love this book...and anyone who doesn't love baseball will surely become a fan! Read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    I loved this book! I'd heard tales of this team of baseball le

    I loved this book! I'd heard tales of this team of baseball legends, but when I read this book, they seemed to come alive. Lefty was sometimes the glue that brought the team together. Often his quips were the tension relievers for a team of similarly driven players, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and the Babe. That he could hold off the opposing teams with his stinging fastball made his contribution to Yankee wins crucial as well. It's easy to see why James Michener thought Lefty's story would have universal appeal. (I''m a Red Sox fan, after all.) There's plenty of drama in this book, including his marriage to a Broadway star June O'Day, and celebrity friends. A must read!!!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Baseball has had a lot of "strikeouts" with the public

    Baseball has had a lot of "strikeouts" with the public over the last 20 years...from player strikes to player drug use.  The latest being the arrogance of A-Rod (although I would use a different "A" word for him).  But this story of baseball and one of baseball's best pitchers is fascinating, informative, heart warming and (seeing as it is written by Lefty's daughter) truthful story.  She tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth about all the people in her father's life.  What 's just as important is her reporting about the techniques, history and details of playing the game itself.  A truly excellent read!

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