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by Edward Gruver

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This book chronicles his turbulent life and focuses on the reverential mystique that envelopes the Los Angeles Dodger even this day.


This book chronicles his turbulent life and focuses on the reverential mystique that envelopes the Los Angeles Dodger even this day.

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Library Journal
This 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.\
Cincinnatti Enquirer
Gruver makes a laliant attempt to pierce that armor shell Koufax wore...
Cincinnati Enquirer
Gruver makes a laliant attempt to pierce that armor shell Koufax wore...
AJL Newsletter
This 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.
J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
The best part of the book is Gruver's quotes of former players, managers and sports-writers, painting a picture of Koufax's sheer mastery.
Los Angeles Times
... a must for any longtime Dodger follower ....
USA Today Baseball Weekly
Gruver 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 News
It'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-Review
Gruver's portrayal of the reclusive Koufax sheds light on one of baseball's most mysterious personalities.
The New York Times Book Review
The 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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Taylor Trade Publishing
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Meet the Author

Edward Gruver, author of Nitschke (available from Taylor Trade Publishing) is an award winning sportswriter who has contributed to nearly every major sports periodical. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Koufax 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
more then anything, this book tells us about the incredible courage and pain that koufax went through pitching as he did for the l.a. dodgers in his glory years of 1961-1966. koufax did not begin to get his weekly shots of cortisone till 1964 which is when he began to really feel the pain of throwing a 98 mile an hour fastball or 85 mile an hour curve, a figure that is hard to fathom to any sports fan. what koufax accomplished in his glory years is even more remarkable when you realize he was pitching with arthritis. his career, and the people he played with and against are all in this book, with gruver returning us time and time again to that 'herculean' effort of koufax in the 7th game of the 1965 world series. a must book for anyone wanting to read about courage and class at the same time.