This book chronicles his turbulent life and focuses on the reverential mystique that envelopes the Los Angeles Dodger even this day.
AJL NewsletterThis is a detailed biography of Sandy Koufax, regarded by many as the pitcher of the twentieth century. This book should be included in any collection of famous Jewish athletes, as well as other Baseball-Hall-Of-Famers.
Los Angeles Times...a must for any longtime Dodger follower...
Cincinnatti EnquirerGruver makes a laliant attempt to pierce that armor shell Koufax wore...
Cincinnati EnquirerGruver makes a laliant attempt to pierce that armor shell Koufax wore...
Library JournalThis is the biography of legendary L.A. Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, who for half a decade mesmerized hitters as few have ever done. Described by many as the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time, Koufax dominated batters in the National League, establishing a benchmark that most hurlers only dream about. Consider these stats: from 1962 to 1966, he won 111 games, lost only 34, tossed a no hitter, and also pitched a perfect game. His 1963 season was brilliant--an impressive 25-5 record with a 1.88 ERA, a world series championship, and an MVP award. It's too bad arthritis ended Koufax's playing days prematurely, at age 30. Award-winning sports writer Gruver (The Ice Bowl) has compiled what the publisher touts as the first book on Koufax in 30 years. Drawing on childhood friends, teammates, opponents, journalists, and Dodger management, Gruver has written a compelling story, complete with appendix of notable statistics. Recommended for all libraries. (Index not seen.)--Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern CaliforniaThe best part of the book is Gruver's quotes of former players, managers and sports-writers, painting a picture of Koufax's sheer mastery.
USA Today Baseball WeeklyGruver attempts to better understand one of the most charismatic yet secretive of public personalities through interviews with teammates, opponents and executives who knew but might never have fully understood the makeup of this complex superstar.
Woodland Hills Daily NewsIt's rich in notes and anecdotes about his upbringing, all-too-brief playing career and his commitment to his Jewish beliefs.
The Philadelphia Inquirer... nicely structured ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewGruver's portrayal of the reclusive Koufax sheds light on one of baseball's most mysterious personalities.
The New York Times Book ReviewThe sports-writer Edward Gruver interviewed many of Koufax's teammates and opponents, but even as they sing the tributes in personality and achievement of the reclusive Koufax, he remains an enigma.
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